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Virtually, yes. In-person, no. DRS is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. All student appointments will be conducted via phone or virtually until further notice. Exam Services will not be proctoring exams while virtual instruction is in place at Temple. The Assistive Technology Coordinator, Kit Aronoff, can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a question or concern, please either call the office at 215-204-1280 or email your assigned coordinator.
DRS will not be proctoring exams while the University’s instruction remains online only. Please communicate with your instructors to discuss your exam accommodations in their courses. Some instructors may opt for alternative assessments (e.g. essays, untimed exams) which would not require exam accommodations.
If your instructor is creating online timed exams, please notify your instructor if you will need extended time. Academic departments are responsible for setting up extended testing time in Canvas. DRS is available to instructors and students to consult about unique circumstances.
Yes, DRS is still available to assist students with needs relating to assistive technology. Please see our AT resources page, or email the assistive technology coordinator KIt Aronoff at email@example.com.
Once you have learned from your instructor on how they will adapt the course for virtual instruction, please let your note-taker know if you would like to continue receiving notes. If you don’t have a note-taker identified, please contact your DRS Coordinator for assistance.
You may find that you no longer need a note-taker due to the course design changes. For example, lectures that are pre-recorded videos can be watched at your own pace. On the other hand, some instructors may still opt for scheduled class meetings with real-time communication using Zoom.
Please contact your instructors to discuss any additional barriers presented by changes to the course format. Let your DRS Coordinator know if you need any assistance right away.
If you are not currently registered with DRS, please go to the MyDRS for students page and click on register. If you do not have documentation in a digital format, please skip that step and complete the registration.
Scholarship applications can be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org and do not need to be signed. If you have any scholarship-specific questions, please contact Associate Director David Thomas at email@example.com.
We acknowledge the significant effort required to quickly adapt your courses to online instruction. We want to collaborate with you to ensure that access for students with disabilities is maintained through this transition. Some students may encounter disability-related barriers with online instruction or assessment (e.g. students who use assistive technology, students with medical limitations on screen usage). DRS staff are available for consultation regarding best practices and accessibility. Call 215-204-1280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have students in your course who are utilizing accessible media, please notify Trish McHugh at email@example.com. Trish is proactively working with instructors of Deaf/Hard of Hearing students to ensure captioning for prerecorded videos and/or arranging interpreting/transcribing services for real-time class meetings via Zoom. Kit Aronoff is working proactively with instructors of blind students to discuss accessibility strategies for course lectures, documents, activities, etc. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some tips to keep in mind as you are creating virtual course content (adapted from https://www.washington.edu/doit/):
Extended time on exams as an accommodation generally only applies to traditional, time-limited exams. If you decide to offer alternative means of assessment (e.g. essays, non-timed exams, project work), then a student’s extended time may no longer be applicable. We encourage you to speak with registered students if that is the case.
DRS will not be proctoring exams while the University’s instruction remains online only. All exams should be administered online or through other remote assessment methods by faculty. Academic departments are responsible for setting up extended testing time Canvas.
Please communicate with your students to discuss their exam accommodations in your courses. DRS is available to instructors and students to consult.
Prior to making time allotment adjustments, please confirm how much extended time each of your students should get for their quizzes/exams. You can view the extended time multipliers (1.5x, 2x, etc.) for ALL of your students using the MyDRS Instructor Portal.
Reasonable modifications to these accommodations may be needed with the shift to online instruction. Students with these accommodations should be contacting you to discuss additional barriers, if any, presented by changes to the course format. DRS is available to instructors and students to consult.
IDEAL stands for Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership. Like many university multicultural offices across the country, we provide resources, training and presentations that build cultural and identity-based knowledge.
Diversity Peers are student leaders appointed by the Director of Student Engagement on an annual basis to provide inclusive and diverse programming, dialogues, and workshops to the Temple student population. Visit our Work with Us page to learn more and apply.
Our main office is located at 2026 N Broad Street and the IDEAL Lecture Hall is located at 2032 N Broad Street. These locations are directly across Johnson & Hardwick Halls, on near the Broad and Diamond Street intersection on the north side of campus. Visit Our Space to learn more about and reserve the space.
No. Although our office will provide advocacy to students, staff and faculty for diversity centered issues, all reporting of discrimination should be filed with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance.
Learn how to report harm on our EOC and Title IX pages. If you need to report a crisis or emergency, click here.
We encourage you to come out to any event we host throughout the semester. Visit our Events page to see what’s coming up, stay connected with us on social media @templediversity, or join one of our listservs.
Safe Zone is an ally-based training program geared to providing education and awareness about the LGBTQIA community. The Graduate Extern for Gender and Sexuality oversees this two-part training series. The Safe Zone 1 provides general information and terms related to the LGBTQIA community, while Safe Zone 2 focuses on Bystander Intervention. Participants successfully completing both trainings will receive a placard to display in their respective office. Read more about Safe Zone training on our Workshops & Training age.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexual, Asexual. In some cases there can be an extra A for Ally, and Q for Questioning.