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SPRING 2022 GUIDELINES
Location: 3rd floor, Kinard Hall – Wing F
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone: 662-915-2514

SDS Testing Center Health & Safety Information

The Student Disability Services (SDS) Testing Center has implemented health and safety protocols to protect students, staff, and faculty members. Plexiglass barriers have been installed in each of the offices and at proctors’ desks. Desk assignments will be alternated to allow for safe physical distancing. Staff will disinfect all spaces after use. Common areas and frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected throughout the day. Hand sanitation and face coverings will be available for anyone who requires them. The entrance door will remain locked to maintain appropriate physical distancing. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to practice physical distancing inside buildings and to wash hands frequently throughout the day.

PLEASE NOTE: The SDS Testing Center Guidelines are subject to change as additional information and public health recommendations are available. Changes will be posted to the SDS website (https://sds.olemiss.edu/) and emailed to faculty and students.

Communication is Key

Communication between instructors, students, and SDS is critical to ensuring that approved accommodations are provided in a reasonable and timely manner. Students are strongly encouraged to maintain contact with their course instructors and contact the SDS-Martindale office (662-915-7128) or the SDS Testing Center (662-915-2514) for support or guidance.

Using the SDS Testing Center

Approved testing accommodations will be provided in a manner that fits the design of the course while practicing health and safety protocols. Only students who meet the following criteria will test at the SDS Testing Center:
  • Students enrolled in a traditional (in-person) class and/or hybrid class that administers paper-based tests.
  • Students approved for adaptive software or technology (e.g., screen readers, text magnifiers, speech-to-text or text-to-speech).
  • Students approved for exam readers or scribes.
Tests will be scheduled through the Rebel Access portal at https://sds.olemiss.edu/rebel-access-portal.

SDS Testing Center: Check-In Process

  1. Please arrive 10 minutes before your exam is scheduled to begin. You will need adequate time to complete the check in process and to store your personal belongings in your locker.
  2. The entrance to the SDS Testing Center will remain locked. A member of the testing staff will meet you at the door to complete the check-in process.
  3. Students are required to maintain a 6-foot physical distance. Students must use good judgement to avoid crowding one another when transiting hallways, stairwells, doorways, sidewalks, etc.
  4. Facial coverings are required at all times. If you do not have a facial covering, one will be provided unless you have been approved for a facial covering exemption.
  5. Students are expected to bring their own testing supplies such as writing utensils, scantrons, blue books, etc.
  6. Please have a valid photo identification ready (e.g., Ole Miss Student ID, driver’s license, etc.) upon check-in. Exams will not be administered without proper identification. We will not accept your mobile phone as a form of identification.
Tests Administered Online

Students who are enrolled in an in-person class with tests that are administered via Blackboard will need to bring their personal laptop to the testing center. Students will take the test on their own personal laptop in a distraction reduced environment and be proctored by a member of our testing staff. If you do not have a laptop, your test will be administered on a computer in our testing lab with a browser blocker.

Students who are enrolled in an Ole Miss Online web course and do not require adaptive technology or a test reader/scribe will need to reserve a space for testing at the Distance Education Testing Lab (DETL) located at the Jackson Avenue Center. Students will need to visit the DETL scheduler provided below and choose Spring 2022 Lab Usage Reservation. Please be advised that DETL has limited space so students should schedule their tests as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

http://online.olemiss.edu/testschedule/index.html.

Course instructors are responsible for adding student’s extended time into Blackboard for each test to be given during the semester. Requests for paper-based tests in online classes will not be provided unless it is an approved accommodation.

Faculty Guidelines

The SDS Testing Center wants to assure faculty that our office remains available to provide support to you and ensure students receive approved testing accommodations.

  • Instructors teaching in-person and/or hybrid classes with paper-based tests, must log in to their Rebel Access Instructor Portal and complete a Testing Agreement for each course. The SDS Testing Center cannot approve a test request and reserve a space for your student until the Testing Agreement is completed.
  • In the event the Testing Center has reached maximum capacity, instructors must either allow students to take their test at a later time, or provide the approved accommodations and proctor their own exam. If a test is scheduled for a later date, instructors must provide the same test that was administered to the rest of the class.
  • Test reading services for online and remote classes can be provided remotely or in person. If reading services is provided remotely, students will log on to their exam and share their computer screen with testing staff via Zoom. If you are using the Respondus browser blocker, it will need to be disabled to ensure there is no interference while providing reading services.
  • Students who are taking a paper-based test and require a reader, will need to reserve a space at the testing center. Our testing staff will maintain appropriate physical distance while providing reading services.
  • Please contact the SDS Testing Center at 662-915-2514 or email sdstesting@olemiss.edu for assistance or further guidance.
Testing Information

All tests must be uploaded through your Rebel Access Instructor portal 24 hours in advance of the test. If you are unable to upload the exam through the online portal, we will accept exams delivered in person on a as needed basis. If you are unable to upload or drop off your test, you may email it to sdstesting@olemiss.edu. Please be advised that emailing tests is not a secure method of sending sensitive material, and SDS is not liable for any security breaches.

Test Pick-Up

When picking up completed exams, instructors or their department designee must provide a signature and photo identification upon their arrival. All visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering. If possible, tests should be picked up during the week in which they are administered. A weekly reminder will be sent out to instructors who have not picked up their student’s tests. We are not able to scan tests to instructors. In an effort to maintain test security, please update your testing agreement if your authorized pickup person has changed.

SDS Testing Center Contact Information
University of Mississippi
SDS Testing Center
Kinard Hall
3rd Floor Room 366 F Wing
207 Rebel Drive
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS. 38677
Phone: 662-915-2514
Fax: 662-915-3119
sdstesting@olemiss.edu

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