February 28, 2012
Greetings from the Center for Access and Success (CAS), the office that oversees the University’s compliance with the legal mandates expressed the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 for students with certified disabilities.
We hope everyone has had a positive start in the Spring 2012 semester. In September 2010, CAS welcomed a new Associate Director, Nicole Pelaggi, to our team. As many of you already know, she is a wonderful addition.
New Location: Pine Dale
The Center for Access and Success has been relocated 7136 Pine Dale Hall (first floor). If you have questions about how to reach our office, please call (508.999.8711) or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org). The building requires that you have your Umass Pass linked to access it, so you may need to call us from the callbox outside to be let in.
CAS Testing Facility & Test Delivery
As always, it is the student’s responsibility to schedule his/her exams for proctoring in the CAS office. Students are to give our Center no less than 5 business days’ notice when taking a regular test and at least 10 business days for a final.
Upon scheduling an exam, the student will receive a Test Coversheet for the student to hand-deliver to professors. This form will notify you of the date and time the student has scheduled an exam to be taken in the Center. We will also send a courtesy e-mail with the above-mentioned information and encourage you to send the exam electronically to email@example.com. The exams may also be faxed to 508-910-6691. If you prefer, you, or a designee, can deliver the exam directly to our office. We strongly suggest exams are not sent through inter-campus mail.
In order for us to effectively and efficiently meet our legal obligations to students with disabilities, the CAS office requires that we receive the exam at least 24 hours in advance.
Return of the Exam to the Instructor
After a student has taken an exam, many professors choose to pick-up the completed exam directly from the CAS office. Others would like the CAS office to deliver the exam to their department. It is our policy to obtain a signature of receipt from someone in the department’s staff to be placed in your mailbox. If no one is available to sign for the test, the exam will be returned to the CAS office. We will attempt two deliveries, after that, professors or designees will need to pick-up the exam in our office. We will notify you of this by e-mail.
All of us at the Center for Access & Success would like to thank you for your continued support of the students in your classrooms with disabilities. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 508-999-8711 or visit our website at www.umassd.edu/dss.