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In This Issue:
- DRC Location Change
- Changes to Out-of-Class Testing
- Scheduling Out-of-Class Exams
- Alternative Format Textbooks for Spring 2014
- Priority Registration
- Last Day to Drop a Class
- Disability Studies Vote & Panel
- Diversity Climate Survey
DRC Location Change
It has been a busy few months at the Disability Resource Center! As you may know, we moved to Carrington Hall 302, in the Division for Diversity & Inclusion office suite. Our office experienced some backlog and growing pains during this move, and we want to thank all of the students registered with our office for your patience during this time.
Changes to Out-of-Class Testing
As many of you are aware, some of the out-of-class testing procedures have been changed starting this semester. To offer a quick review: the Disability Resource Center is still in charge of all out-of-class test scheduling and coordination. If you need to schedule an exam, change the exam date or time, or otherwise discuss out-of-class testing, you will work with the DRC. The location for out-of-class testing is now in the Access Technology Center, in Meyer Library, Rooms 201B-201G. This is where you will go to take your exams.
Scheduling Out-of-Class Exams
Students should schedule exams through the DRC at least three business days in advance, so that we can be sure to have your exam and accommodations ready in time. Exams should be scheduled for Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Exams can start at 8:00am if needed to accommodate a student’s schedule or if the instructor insists. Students should discuss and agree with their instructors on the date and time of their out-of-class exams before scheduling the exams with the DRC.
You now have two options for scheduling exams: You can provide the DRC with your class syllabi and the accommodations you would like to receive, and we will schedule your exams for the entire semester in advance. However, because classes will often deviate from their syllabi schedules, you do need to let our office know when an exam date moves. Your second option is to fill out the Schedule an Exam with DRC online form, which you can find a link to on the DRC main webpage, under Student Resources.
Alternative Format Textbooks for Spring 2014
If you use alternative format textbooks from the Access Technology Center please let them know as soon as you register. This will allow the ATC staff to start ordering your books early; increasing the chances they can get all your books before the start of the spring semester. You can contact the Access Technology Center at 417-836-4275, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qualifying students should note that priority registration begins on Thursday, October 31st at 7:00am.
Last Day to Drop a Class
Students should be aware that the last day for dropping a course is Friday, November 8 for full-semester courses and Tuesday, November 19 for second-block courses.
Disability Studies Vote & Panel
The Disability Resource Center has been working closely with interested faculty to establish a disability studies minor at Missouri State University. Last month, faculty senate voted down the proposal for the new minor, citing budget concerns. The faculty committee is currently working with the Provost’s office to determine a source of funding and the next step forward. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Katheryne Staeger-Wilson, the Director of the Disability Resource Center, by email or by phone at 417-836-4192.
The faculty committee will be hosting a panel on the value of disability studies on Thursday, October 24th at 6:00 PM in Glass Hall 102. All interested students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend.
Diversity Climate Survey
The Division for Diversity & Inclusion is preparing to embark on an 18-month diversity climate study conducted by DiversityWorks, Inc. A climate study is a research project conducted at a university seeking to find out people’s perceptions, beliefs, and behaviors affecting the institutional, learning, and surrounding environments. Missouri State University includes disability as an integral part of diversity, and wants to hear the voices of disabled campus community members in this study. To find out more information, visit the Climate Study webpage.
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