Accommodations are tailored to the individual needs of students. Reasonable accommodations must be supported by current documentation.


A wide range of accommodations are available including, but not limited to:

Extended Time: On tests and quizzes only; not on assignments, projects, papers. 


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Option 1: Taking a test in person in class

  • You receive EXTRA time, but you may not be guaranteed double time.
  • Have a private conversation with your professor to either come early, stay late or take the quiz/exam during office hours in advance of the exam.

Option 2:  Using accommodated testing in OSS

  • You can have double time.
  • Please arrange a testing deadline and confirm the test date with your professor.
  • Your professor will deliver your test to the OSS Testing. Always follow up with an email about your conversation to confirm your arrangement.

Option 3: Taking classes online

  • You are guaranteed double time.
  • Most professors are testing using Canvas. The professor will adjust the time allotment for the test.
  • If they are not using Canvas, they will give the test in a lockdown browser and the professor will also adjust the time for you.

Note Taking


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  • This is a support service for qualified individuals to assist in getting content information from classroom lectures and discussions.
  • Students requesting this accommodation must present their note taking accommodation form to the instructor.
  • Instructors are asked to assist the student in locating a note taker.
  • Once a note taker is found, the student requesting the service must provide their note taker with contact information and make arrangements for receiving notes.
  • Notes will be provided to the student within 24 hours.
  • If a peer note taker cannot be located, the student should contact bccnotetakers@bergen.edu. The office can work to identify a note taker through an
    alternate resource.
  • We also provide notetaking services via Notetaking Express (a downloadable app) which emails you notes within 24-48 hours. This requires the student to meet with the Resource
    Accommodation Specialist to sign up.

Permanent Tutoring Appointment


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  • Permanent appointment is essentially a standing appointment for the term/semester/session.
  • This accommodation provides a set 2 hour/week per subject with the same tutor for the entire semester.
  • You can start or end the appointments at any time.
  • Tutoring accommodation is available to all students free of charge.

Calculator


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  • Permission to use a basic four function calculator (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division); not a scientific or graphing calculator.
  • You will need to provide your own calculator.

Audio Recorder


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  • Record lectures using a digital device i.e. phone, recorder, or laptop.

Computer for Class


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  • You are allowed to use your computer in class to apply your accommodations such as note taking, recording, assistive technology, captioning, and interpreting, or anything else that
    your disability requires.

Computer for Testing


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  • You may use a computer to take your tests/quizzes to apply your accommodations such as note taking, recording, assistive technology, captioning, and interpreting, or anything else that your disability requires.

Individual Registration Assistance


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  • When registration begins you can make a 1-hour appointment with an academic counselor.
  • They can help you pick a program or evaluate the one you are in.
  • You have access to that counselor anytime. *New Students ONLY

Enlarged Print


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  • Having the font size and style to be larger and easier to read.

Wheelchair User


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  • Once the schedule is confirmed, an adjustable desk can be provided.
  • Please email ossinfo@bergen.edu with your class information.

Private Room


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  • Use of a one-on one private room with a proctor.

Preferred Seating


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  • Student may arrange with the professor their seating preferences to help you learn.

Smart/Digital Pen

  • A smart pen is a device that can record audio from lectures in addition to recording the handwritten notes that you take in class.
  • A Digital Pen is an input device which captures the handwriting strokes and transfers it into digital information.

Reader


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  • You may use a reader (someone who reads the words/describes the pictures) for tests.

Scribe


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  • You may use a scribe (someone who writes down what you say) for tests.

Interpreting Services


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  • An ASL/English Interpreter for meetings, classes, events, etc.
  • To utilize these services, you will be connected to Deaf Services (deafservices@bergen.edu )

Captioning (CART, C-Print/Typewell)


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  • Use of remote captioning (CART and C-Print) services for meetings, classes, events, etc.
  • To utilize these services, you will be connected to Deaf Services (via deafservices@bergen.edu )

Assistive Technology


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  • Hardware such as use of an adapted mouse, adapted keyboard, or large monitor.
  • Software programs that are developed for use as a screen-reader and magnifier programs.
    Notes/Available options:

    • Text-To-Speech: Kurzweil 1000 and Kurzweil 3000 (Version 11)
    • Screen Reader: JAWS (Version 10.0) – (may be under Fusion too)
    • Screen Magnifier/Reader: Fusion – ZoomText Magnifier and Screen Reader (Version 9.1).