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Remote Environment Accommodations

The majority of academic accommodations will remain the same in the remote environment for each student. Contact Accessibility Services if you have questions or concerns. 

Accessibility Services can be reached by email: Karen Hodgerney, Office Coordinator (khodgern@holycross.edu), Neal Lipsitz, Director (nlipsitz@holycross.edu), Amy Breton, Assistant Director (aborggaa@holycross.edu).  

 

How to access academic accommodations in an online format?

Prior to the start of the semester, students need to create a “semester request” in Accommodate. That will, in turn, produce a letter of accommodation which will be emailed to the student. It is the student’s responsibility to share the letter with their professors. 

Below are some of the most commonly used accommodations. If there are questions about an accommodation not listed here, please reach out. 

 

  • Extended time on exams and quizzes: Canvas and Moodle offer the capability for timed exams and quizzes. Faculty can override the time limits for specific users. Students should still request extended time in advance of the assessment.
  • Testing in a distraction reduced environment:  Students will need to provide this accommodation for themselves to the extent possible. Please see this helpful resource from LD Advisory on creating a successful learn-from-home environment.
  • Occasional extension of due dates:  Faculty will provide this as usual. The expectation that the student reaches out to their professor in advance of any due dates still applies.
  • Audio Books: Students with this accommodation are provided the necessary access to the required texts.
  • Use of Calculators: Eligible students are able to use calculators for their exams.
  • Recording of lectures:  Students eligible to receive recordings of lectures need to notify their faculty via their letter of accommodation. Faculty may choose to provide the entire class with the recordings, or just the accommodated student.  Faculty will announce if sessions are being recorded. 
  • Flexibility with attendance for medical concerns:  Class Deans are available per usual to discuss class absences.

 

Available Resources

Academic Services and Learning Resources

STEM+E Workshop

Writer’s Workshop

 

Helpful Tips to Transition to Learning from Home

  • Location: Be sure to choose a location in your home that is free from distraction.
  • Schedule: Set a schedule and keep to it. There are many helpful tools available. 
  • Connections: Google Meet, Zoom, FaceTime, and other apps allow you to meet virtually with your peers. Schedule virtual study sessions, work on group assignments, stay connected.
  • Resources: Professors will hold virtual office hours, most campus resources are still available online. Writer’s Workshop will continue to hold sessions.