Online Courses and COVID-19 Response

As you prepare to move your courses to an online format, we offer the following guidance on providing accommodations for students with disabilities. Disability accommodations do carry over into online formats. Any accommodation that a student requests should already be outlined in their accommodation letter, although we anticipate additional requests specific to an online format.

  • Accommodation Letters: All students requesting accommodations should provide you with an official accommodation letter from the SAS office. Please request students do so if they request accommodations. 
  • Exam Accommodations: If you are using Canvas to administer exams online, you can set individualized time limits for students that have extended time. For help in changing the time limit settings, contact the Poorvu Center or SAS. To confirm which students have requested extended time for your exam, contact SAS at We have a handful of students that are not able to take online exams.  If an accommodation letter indicates the need for paper-based exams, please reach out to for guidance. We will help you consider other methodologies that will provide a means to assess the student’s understanding of the information.
  • Accessible Course Materials and Text-to-Speech Technology: If an accommodation letter indicates accessible course materials for screen reader purposes, make sure the materials you upload into Canvas, such as PDFs, are accessible, or link directly to HTML versions when possible. If you administer an exam using Canvas’s Quiz tool, it should be accessible without any additional steps on your part. For more information on Canvas, visit the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning’s Academic Continuity resources. For assistance making your course materials accessible, please contact Michelle Morgan
  • Captioning: If a student needs captioned videos, use videos that are already professionally captioned, utilize YouTube to provide captions, or utilize another company, such as Rev.
  • ASL Interpreters/ CART: We are arranging for these services to continue remotely and taking care of the logistics surrounding these services. If there is an ASL interpreter in your course and you are planning on recording lectures, please face the camera when speaking and talk precisely and clearly. CART (Communication Access Real-Time Transcription)  refers to the instant translation of spoken word into English text; this service utilizes a student’s computer screen, and a CART professional will feed live captioning to the student during lecture.
  • Notes: We are arranging for notetaking assistance, whether a peer note-taker or technology, to continue. Notetaking technology should work seamlessly with online courses and require no action on your part.

If you have questions about providing accommodations during this time, please direct them to SAS.

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