Spring Semester 2017 Information, Dates and Deadlines
Registration with ARS
Registration with ARS through the submission of a Self-ID with documentation is welcome at anytime, but in order for accommodation determinations to be made for Spring 2017 finals ARS must receive a submission comprising a Self-ID form and all necessary documentation by Midnight on Monday April 24th 2017 - see https://accessibility.unc.edu/about-ars/policies/student-and-applicant-accommodations; the Self-ID form and documentation upload is available at
All regular examinations must be scheduled by Noon on Friday April 14th 2017 even if the exam occurs after this date.
Registration status with ARS allows students to issue Accommodations Notifications to their instructors using ARS's online notification portal. This details the accommodations agreed with ARS and identified as 'reasonable'. ARS reminds students that they are required to make contact with their instructors following the issuance of the accommodations notifications to discuss the ways in which the accommodations identified can be most effectively implemented. This also allows instructors to identify any potential difficulties with the accommodations identified in relation to their particular class.
Make-ups for non-registered students
ARS will not be able to proctor make-up tests / exams for any non-ARS students at all during Spring 2017.
Instructors needing to make make-up arrangements for students who are not registered with ARS should contact Testing_Center@unc.edu for assistance.
Returning students anticipating needing accommodations of any sort in a class will need to issue Professor Notifications from https://arsportal.unc.edu as soon as possible but by Noon on Monday January 23rd 2017 at the latest.
If you do not communicate your approved accommodations, your faculty are not legally obliged to provide them.
In addition, students with Alternative Text requirements and Supplementary Notetaking Service requests will need to submit these by Noon on Monday January 23rd 2017 using the appropriate form:
If you have previously applied for and received priority registration you will not automatically be granted PR - you must submit a new request.
Please submit your request by the deadline - midnight Sunday 5th March 2017
Spring 2017 Finals
ARS registered students will be able to start scheduling Finals with ARS from Noon on Friday April 14th 2017 to Noon on Tuesday April 25th 2017; Finals begin on Monday May 1 2017. ARS proctors approximately 1200 examinations during the 6 day final exam period and it is necessary to plan appropriately.
The regular final length will be considered to be 3 hours unless otherwise specified by the class instructor; students should consult their class syllabi and/or class instructor for information about the length of the class final and to ask if the instructor has any preference / concerns around scheduling.
ARS will hold 2 start times of 8am and 3pm. Students should liaise with their instructors to agree a suitable start time and are encouraged to select the start time (8am or 3pm) that is closest to the actual start time of their final unless there are other conflicts.
Failure to make the appropriate arrangements and within the deadlines specified may result in a student not being able to utilize accommodations.
ARS will not make any exemptions or alternative arrangements to these start times. We are communicating this information early in order that students can liaise with instructors to agree appropriate arrangements and so that instructors can make their own arrangements if they so wish.
Students schedule examinations; ARS will undertake to assist with the identification of scheduling errors but will not assume unilateral responsibility for this or for the correction thereof. Instructors are sent scheduling information with start and finish times and are invited to assist with the identification of errors.
Instructors are reminded that agreed accommodations are legally mandated.
ARS will not be able proctor any finals with audio/visual or timed components.
ARS encourages faculty to make 'local' arrangements for students with accommodations and my staff will be happy to offer assistance and advice concerning any such local provisions you wish to make.
The most common testing accommodations are +50% extended testing time (making a 50 minute mid-term 75 minutes, a 75 minute mid-term 112 minutes and a 3 hour final 4.5 hours) in a 'low distraction setting'; this is a setting outside the usual classroom or testing center that limits interruptions and other environmental influences or interruptions.
ARS will be able offer information concerning a student's accommodations at any time.
In unusual and difficult circumstances ARS may be able to assist with accommodations.
Tiffany Bailey - Director, Accessibility Resources & Service