June 25, 2020

FAQs

Fall 2021

Disability Accommodations

The SDC main office located in room 121 of the TILT building, will return to in-person operations in mid-August 2021. While the physical space is currently open on a limited basis, all services are continuing to be offered virtually during normal business hours.

Once in-person operations resume, some staff may still be working remotely and we will continue to hold all appointments via phone or virtually using Microsoft Teams.

As always, accommodations are based on an individualized, case-by-case assessment of individual needs.

We are communicating out to students who have already identified as having compromised immune systems or underlying health conditions that may present further barriers for the fall 2021 semester. If you are a student with an underlying health condition (e.g. autoimmune disorder, asthma, diabetes, lung, heart, or kidney disease, etc.) and you have concerns about your access this fall, please reach out to your accommodation specialist directly, or contact sdc@colostate.edu or 970-491-6385.

In working with the University community, we have some recommendations and options for our students who are specifically concerned about exposure to virus(es):

  • Whenever possible, work with your academic advisor to identify online courses that satisfy your program requirements to allow you to limit physical contact with students, faculty, and staff. If you have already registered for fall, there is still time to consult with your advisor and Accommodation Specialist to attempt to find online courses that fit your needs. You may even find that a combination of face-to-face courses and online courses will sufficiently reduce your exposure risk.
  • If equivalent online courses are not available, you, your advisor and accommodation specialist will consult with your academic department to request a potential course waiver, substitution for another available online course, or find another potential available solution.
  • For students who have an elevated risk of hospitalization and complex medical needs associated with respiratory function, and the above options have already been explored and still courses are not available, the Accommodation Specialist will contact your professor to explore options such as virtual lecture participation and attendance for those courses that are required for your program of study.
  • If your course is a lab course and virtual access is necessary because no other option is available to accommodate your needs, then the accommodation specialist will work with your professor to identify options for virtual completion of lab work, which may vary from lab course to lab course and even from lab to lab in the same course due to the setup and requirements of each lab.

Since the request for virtual access is based on a personal preference for learning and not an access barrier presented by a documented disability, we are unable to receive and review those requests. Students may contact their professor or Student Case Management (help4rams@colostate.edu or 970-491-8051) for virtual access requests unrelated to a disability or medical condition.

Students requesting a course arrangement that IS NOT an accommodation based on disability need to work directly with their advisor. If you are requesting an arrangement based on a family member you live with, roommate, or close contact that has a compromised immune system or underlying health condition that makes them more susceptible to COVID19, please contact your advisor for options and arrangements.

The SDC Alternative Testing Center will be open for IN PERSON exams during the Fall 2021 semester to all students who use testing accommodations from the SDC. If you are a student show has testing accommodation and have an IN-PERSON exam this semester we would encourage you to schedule that with us via our website at Schedule and Exam. Some important things to note are:  

  • Exams need to be scheduled 7 days in advance  
  • You can schedule all of your exams for the semester as soon as you learn of them. You do not need to wait until there is exactly 7 days before your exam to schedule. We recommend scheduling all of your exams as soon as you receive your syllabus.  
  • If you are experiencing issues scheduling exams on our website, or have not used the scheduling site before, please connect with us via email at sdctest@colostate.eduAlisha.Zmuda@colostate.edu or give us a call at 970-491-3574.  
  • Check your Colorado State University Email: You will be receiving emails through the semester from the Alternative Testing Center. It is important that you are connecting with those emails for important reminders and scheduling information. We will also send any room locations to your colostate email if we need to use rooms outside of the SDC.  

If you receive virtual access accommodations and need to take an exam with us, we will still be providing virtual proctoring. Some important things to note about virtual proctoring are:  

  • Exams need to be scheduled with the Coordinator of Alternative Testing Accommodations, Alisha Zmuda, at least 7 days in advance to ensure a proctor is available.  
  • To schedule virtual proctoring please connect with Alisha Zmuda directly at Alisha.Zmuda@colostate.edu or via phone at 970-491-3574.  

For students who have alternative testing accommodations and are in an ONLINE course, you will take exams utilizing the proctoring platform for the class. Please connect with your instructor about you accommodations for the course. If you experience any barriers to receiving your accommodations or have questions about how your accommodations will be accessible in an online format please connect with the Alternative Testing Center.  

The SDC will be following all health precautions put in place by the University. We ask that all students disinfect their space prior to the start of their exam and after they have finished. If you have any questions please connect with us via phone at 970-391-3574 or over email at sdctest@colostate.edu . 

  • If you are taking a CSU Online course and your exam is proctored, you will be utilizing Honor Lock for your exams.  
  • If you are taking a face-to-face hybrid course and your exam is proctored, you will be generally be utilizing Respondus.  
  • If you have accommodations for a reader, scribe, or assistive technology, please contact Alisha.Zmuda@colostate.edu to arrange for these accommodations.  

If you would like to request Housing Accommodations or Exemptions to the one-year live-on requirement based on a medical condition or disability, please contact the SDC by email sdc@colostate.edu or phone 970-491-6385.

There are a number of alternative solutions to accessible transportation on and off-campus:

Screens

Spending time on screens can trigger migraines, cause eye fatigue, and any number of additional challenges. If you have challenges with navigating screens with online classes, here’s some helpful resources:

Operation System Accessibility Features

Whether you have iOS, Windows, or other operating systems, there are built-in accessibility features (free) that make accessing your class even better!

Note: The above resources are courtesy of the Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC). Students may work individually with the ATRC upon referral from the Student Disability Center.

Additional Support

If you need additional support to access your online classes and learn effectively, contact your Accommodation Specialist or the main office at sdc@colostate.edu and 970-491-6385.

We understand that there are internship and practicum requirements for students to graduate this coming semester. If you require accommodations for your internship or practicum to complete your degree requirements, please contact your accommodation specialist or the main office at sdc@colostate.edu and 970-491-6385 to request accommodations.

If you are a student employee and would like to request accommodations for job, please work with the Office of Equal Opportunity to request workplace accommodations.

In RamWeb you can find out if your classes are face-to-face, online, or hybrid courses (or some combination of these) by referring to the course location.

  • Face-to-face courses will have a location listed with a physical building and room number. Example: Eddy Hall 120
  • Hybrid courses will list both “Online” and a physical location. Example: Eddy Hall 120 Online
  • Online courses will list “Online” as the location for the course.
    Face-to-face, hybrid, and online section view on RamWeb

No. We do not have the ability to provide online access for all face-to-face classes to every student, as not all of our classrooms are set up to allow for this. If you desire to take your courses online, we encourage you to consult with your academic advisor to find online courses, hybrid courses, or alternate courses that are online to reduce your face-to-face coursework.

If you require virtual access as an accommodation due to a disability, and there is no other online or remote option for your course, please contact your accommodation specialist or the main office at sdc@colostate.edu and 970-491-6385.

Online classes are available for any student who wishes to enroll (provided seats are available) that fit your degree requirements. You can work directly with your Academic Advisor to identify online courses that fit within your program of study, and you can also consult the CSU Online course catalog. Many All University Core Curriculum (AUCCs) are available online. You can sign up for these courses in RamWeb by searching for online courses.

Health Precautions

CSU is taking public health precautions before and during the fall semester. For information about these precautions, check out the public health precautions -during the semester website and pre-semester public health precautions. Also consult the contracting tracing, COVID testing, and how-to-guide sites for details on health guidelines.

No. You are the only person who can make an informed decision about your health and safety this fall semester. If you do not feel safe about taking face-to-face classes this fall due to the pandemic, you can select to take courses online or through hybrid options (part online, part on campus). Since CSU has committed to reopening campus and providing 80% of coursework in person, it may be the case that there aren’t online equivalents of each and every face-to-face course you may need for your program of study. If this is the case, you may decide to choose an alternate class that satisfies the degree requirements, or take a reduced courseload to avoid attending campus courses.

If you have an underlying health condition or compromised immune system, and you need accommodation for accessing your coursework remotely, please contact your Accommodation Specialist or the main office at sdc@colostate.edu or 970-491-6385.

Finding a good study space is already hard, and doing so during a pandemic may be even more challenging. Here are some ideas for places to study while on campus and working from home.

On-Campus:

  • Plan study times with your roommate and trade off time spent in your room to encourage study time with a good amount of breaks.
  • Are you energized by the outdoors? Find a spot on the Oval, under a tree, around the LSC plaza or anywhere you feel inspired.
  • Reserve a study room in the Behavioral Science Building, Morgan Library, or other buildings

At Home:

  • Create an area that is just for studying that no one else uses. This might be a corner, desk, countertop, or even a spot on your back patio.