Bison Accessibility Portal Student Support
The Bison Accessibility Portal is your access to your accommodations. This support page will walk you through how to access and request your accommodations. Each video and accompanying pdf will walk you through logging in to your portal and how set up and manage your accommodations.
Logging into the Bison Accessibility Portal
The Bison Accessibility Portal is your access to your accommodations. This video will walk you through logging into your account. You can also download the PDF instructions for Logging into the Bison Accessibility Portal.
This video will walk you through the process of requesting accommodations for each of your classes. You can also download the PDF instructions on how to Request Accommodations through the Bison Accessibility Portal.
This video will walk you through the process of scheduling your exams through the Bison Accessibility Portal. You can also download the PDF for instructions on Scheduling Exam through the Bison Accessibility Portal.
Modifying or Cancelling Exams
This video will walk you through the process of changing or the time or date of your exam and quizzes or cancelling your exams or quizzes. You can also download the instructions for Scheduling, Modifying and Cancelling Exams through the Bison Accessibility Portal.
Bison Accessibility Portal (Students) FAQ
Will I still have to have my professor sign a letter for the accommodations I am eligible for in each of my course(s)?
No. In the past, students would have to come to Disability Services and have a document printed off, then delivered to their professor to fill out, and then returned to Disability Services. With the new system, you will log into the Bison Accessibility Portal and select the approved accommodations you would like for each course. The professor will then receive an e-mail with your approved accommodations.
Can I go into the Bison Accessibility Portal and modify my accommodations and/or select modifications I haven’t had in the past?
No, you can only select accommodations that you have been approved for and have had in the past. If you feel that you need to change the accommodations you receive, you will need to schedule a meeting with a Disability Specialist to discuss your educational accommodations.
Do I need to select my accommodations each semester?
Yes. Each semester you will need to log into the Bison Accessibility Portal and select the accommodations you want for each class.
Do I need to select an accommodation if I don’t need it for a class?
Absolutely not. You only need to sign up for accommodations you feel you need for each class. If you do not feel you need any accommodations for a particular class, you can choose not to have any.
Since I don’t have to bring an accommodations form filled out and signed by my professor, how will Disability Services staff know when my exams are scheduled in Disability Services?
You will be responsible for scheduling your exams using the Bison Accessibility Portal. As soon as you know the testing schedule for your courses, it is a good idea to schedule your exams and quizzes for the entire semester. You are required to schedule your exams at least 5 days before the exam. When you schedule your exam, a notice is sent to Disability Services as well as your instructor.
What happens if I forget to schedule my exam and want to schedule an exam in less than 5 days?
If you don’t schedule your exam, your instructor has no way to upload the exam to Disability Services. If you miss the 5-day window, the system will give you a message that you scheduled the exam late and the scheduled exam will need to be approved. There is also a note field that must be filled out with the reason for the late schedule. We cannot guarantee that we can schedule your exam on the calendar and/or the professor will have your exam uploaded to Disability Services. You may have to take the exam in class or discuss rescheduling with your instructor.
What happens if I put in the wrong time or the exam is rescheduled?
If you put in the wrong time or the exam is rescheduled, it is your responsibility to reschedule. You can do that by either modifying the existing exam schedule or deleting the exam and scheduling a new time. It is your responsibility to reschedule. If you don’t reschedule, there is no way for the instructor to upload your exams or for Disability Services to put you on the schedule.
Can I schedule my exams any time I want?
Yes and no. You should schedule your exams at the same time as the rest of your class unless you have an agreement with your instructor to take yours the at a different time. When you schedule an exam, your instructor receives an e-mail with the time you scheduled the exam and they can choose to approve or not approve the time.
What if I forget to come in for the exam or decide to take the exam in class?
If you miss an exam or take it in class, the system will record that you missed the exam and an email will be sent to your instructor. If you decide to take the exam in class rather than in Disability Services, please log into the Bison Accessibility Portal and cancel your exam time. This is not only a courtesy for Disability Services staff, but by doing so it will not register in the system that you missed the exam.