Students with disabilities, such as dyslexia, ADHD or visual impairment can be entitled to various types of support in order for the university to ensure that we provide equal opportunities for everyone.
The Accessibility Office at the University has a team of accessibility officers that are there to help access your application and in communication with you identify the type of support that would be most suitable for you considering your diagnosis and the subject your are studying.
Please do not wait to apply if you think you might be eligible for support.
There are usually routines at the department level of how learning support is administrated, i.e. how the information is passed on to your teachers and what needs to be done by you ahead of an exam. It is important that you follow those instructions. If you are unsure of what to do you can always contact the academic advisor at your department.
Please note that there is no need for you to communicate aspects of your support to your course mates unless you choose to do so. It is also not something your teacher or academic advisor will do unless you have specifically asked them to do so.
Learning Support and Digital Examinations
If you have been granted special arrangement for exams, such as extra time, it will be stated in the formal decision you receive from your accessibility office. If so it is even more important that you find out what routines are in place for your course/department, i.e. who's is responsible for providing the examiner with information regarding this and how long time prior to an exam do they need to know in order to accommodate such request.
Please note that it is of outmost importance that you get in touch with your teacher or departmental contact well ahead of the time, at least 2–3 weeks prior to the exam. If you fail to do so, it can very well be that your recommended support will be deemed as unfeasible.
As a student you might be facing new challenges that you could not have predicted. An example might be when a written exam on campus is transferred into an exam that will be conducted in your home. If you assess that your decided support does not cover the new context, you need to get in touch with your accessibility officer to have it reviewed to suit digital education.
Please note that, while some learning support granted such as mentor and note-taking, can be decided upon by the Accessibility Office, it is up to the examinator's discretion to decide whether granted special arrangements for exams should be applied or not as it depends on whether such arrangements are feasible and compatible with the overall learning outcomes of the course.The aim is that the recommendations are always followed if they are achievable on the basis of the learning outcomes.
Your teachers role and responsability
The university has developed guidelines and collected information in order to help teachers who have had to change their course structure to a more digital format, so that their courses and examinations are more adaptable to students with granted learning support. These recommendations include amongst others:
- Providing clear instructions and making them available both orally and in writing
- Dividing large sections into smaller ones
- Information about how the course structure has changed and which areas of the required reading are particularly important
- Digital exam feedback and the opportunity to ask questions before and during exams in cases where exams are changed considerably in relation to what is expected
- Contact information on the learning platforms
- Access to pre-recorded lectures instead of only live-streamed ones