For Students

Arranging for note taking

Identifying a Note Taker Choosing a note taker is an opportunity for you, as a student with a disability to practice self advocacy skills. You have an opportunity to determine what information you specifically need from a note taker (concepts, charts, or all lecture notes).

It is your responsibility, as a student requesting a note taker accommodation, to locate and recruit an individual who will be willing to share their notes with you. If he/she agrees he/she will be paid a stipend by the Office of Disability Services. Please direct your classmate to Marillac 134 for further instructions.

If you are unable to locate a note taker, you may ask your professor to make a recommendation or ask the class if anyone is interested in becoming a note taker. Speak to your professor about confidentiality before they make such an announcement.

Responsibilities

Arrangements for accommodations: Any admitted student requesting accommodations is responsible to notify the University of his/ her needs by scheduling an appointment with an Office of Disability Services administrator.  Documentation and reasonable accommodations will be assessed. A student with verified disabilities will be provided with accommodations letters, which the student must present to his/her professors.

Each semester, the student is responsible to meet with an ODS administrator to arrange for an updated accommodations letter, which must be provided to his/her professors. Please be sure to contact the office early in the semester!

Scheduling tests

What you need to know about testing accommodations: If you so choose, you may take your exams in the testing room in Marillac Hall, room 130A. Please enter through the Office of Disability Services, Marillac 134.

Notify us: Please contact us to schedule an exam at least 24 hours in advance. You may do so by calling, emailing, or stopping in to our office.

Testing Room Availability
Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 – 3:00

You must coordinate with your professors a mutually agreed upon time to take your exams within these time frames. Please be certain to make allowances to complete your extended time within the above schedule.

Verification of Documentation/Letters for Extended Time on Standardized Tests.

If you are a currently registered with ODS or a student that was registered with our office in the past, you may contact us for a verification letter for standardized tests.  If you received extended time in your undergraduate studies, you may be eligible for extended time on standardized tests such as the GMAT, LSAT, GRE, or other standardized testing. 

Contact ODS at disabilityservices@stjohns.edu to request a letter be mailed to you verifying you as a registered student and your accommodations.  We will mail this letter directly to you, which you can then provide to the testing board.  Please allow 1-2 weeks to process such requests.