Academic Accommodations Process

Faculty Can Use AccessND to Navigate Student Accommodations

The purpose of reasonable accommodations is to provide qualified students with disabilities an equal opportunity to be successful. AccessND makes it easy for faculty to navigate the accommodations process at Notre Dame. AccessND can help with the following:

Faculty Testing Center Policies 

  • Students may register for exams throughout the semester but must register for exams no later than 7 days ahead of time.
  • Faculty will be notified multiple times and at least 5 days in advance that a student has registered to take an exam with Sara Bea and that an exam is needed. 
  • Exams need to be delivered (or uploaded to AccessND) by 3pm the day before the exam
  • If the exam is not received by that time, the student's exam will need to be rescheduled. The rescheduled exam, in format and content, should not disadvantage or penalize the student. Students should not be penalized for the rescheduling of the exam. The exam should be counted as on time.
  • Sara Bea staff will alert the student(s) of the need to reschedule the exam and will notify the instructor of the new date/time for the exam.
  • For exam security, faculty/instructors need to upload exams to AccessND or drop off physical exams to the Center by the 3:00 p.m. deadline. This program is only accessed by Sara Bea professional staff. The email address is accessible to student proctors and is not fully secure.

Information on the University's new Academic Accommodations Process:

Overview of the Academic Accommodations Processes for all students, except Law students

Overview of the Academic Accommodations Processes - Law Students

Sample Syllabus Statement 

It is the policy and practice of The University of Notre Dame to provide reasonable accommodations for students with properly documented disabilities. Students who have questions about Sara Bea Accessibility Services or who have, or think they may have, a disability are invited to contact Sara Bea Accessibility Services for a confidential discussion by emailing at or by phone at 574-631-7157. Because the University’s Academic Accommodations Processes generally require students to request accommodations well in advance of the dates when they are needed, students who believe they may need an accommodation for this course are encouraged to contact Sara Bea Accessibility Services at their earliest opportunity. Additional information about Sara Bea Accessibility Services and to learn more about the student process for requesting accommodations, please visits Accessibility Support.

Tips and Tools for Creating an Accessible Course

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