Extended Time for Quizzes, Testing, and Other Assessments

Students and instructors

All courses, exams, and quizzes will be administered online through spring, 2020; therefore Request for Individualized Testing Accommodation (RITA) forms and Single Exam Forms are not necessary. Instructors can extend student testing times through the BlackBoard system.

What are the exam processes during remote learning?
All exams will be administered through Blackboard. Please email your professor to remind them that you would like to utilize the accommodation of extended time for exams and quizzes. During the COVID-19 remote learning transition all registered CSD students may receive up to double time for quizzes and exams.

Some instructors may opt for alternative assessments to exams (e.g. essays) which would not require exam accommodations.

Please visit our COVID-19 FAQ section for regular updates and additional information regarding accommodations and exams.


If you need to set up extended time for a student to take an exam, and the student has been approved for this accommodation, then please click the tutorial link below. In Blackboard, the term "exception" is used for any testing parameter that is different from the regular settings.

How to Set up Exceptions (extended time) for an Assessment

When creating an assessment, Blackboard allows you to add exceptions for some students who may need additional time to take the assessment, to take the assessment on a different day, or additional completion attempts (e.g. a student working with the Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD).

For more information, please see Instruction@UH (blog) and Instruction@UH Knowledgebase (tutorials)

CSD is available for consultation accommodation questions or concerns.

For General Questions:

(713) 743-5400

To speak with a CSD Counselor:

Cheryl Spadaccia, Director
(713) 743-5395

Crystle McDonald, Assistant Director
(713) 743-5460

Ciara Evans, Counselor
(713) 743-0927

If you need to speak to someone about Interpreting/Captioning services:

Interpreting/Captioning Services Team:


The Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) staff will be working remotely during the "Stay Home, Work Safe" order from the City of Houston is in place. We are here for you!

You might find the answer(s) to your question(s) on our COVID-19 FAQ page. This information will be updated regularly.

If you need Extended testing time:

Please inform your instructors and they will extend your time. If you have any questions about this or would like any other assistance with your accommodations please contact your CSD counselor.

If you need to speak with a CSD Counselor:

Cheryl Spadaccia, Director
(713) 743-5395
Crystle McDonald, Assistant Director
(713) 743-5460
Ciara Evans, Counselor
(713) 743-0927

If you need to speak to someone about Interpreting/Captioning services:

For General Questions:
(713) 743-5400

Know that your CSD is here for you to support you remotely in your classes in any way that we can to help ensure your academic success!

How to Register with the Center for Students with DisABILITIES

  • Obtain disability documentation. Please see the “Documentation” tab.
  • Submit recent, documentation (20 pages or less) from qualified health care professional(s).Include the most recent accommodation form from other institutions, if applicable. Submit documentation through the CSD website. Click the “New to CSD” button.
  • Schedule an intake orientation appointment by calling 713-743-5400, or via email at after documentation has been uploaded.
  • Complete an intake orientation appointment with CSD. Please note: Students who are more than 10 minutes past the appointment time without prior arrangements will be asked to reschedule.
    Please have your UH ID number/card in all emails and for ALL appointments at CSD.Please note you must have had UH orientation in order to use the orientation button

New to CSD Renewal


As the university shifts to providing online classes, we want to assure you that the Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) is here to support you during this transition. As you know, this is an ever-evolving situation, and we recognize that the transition may not be easy, and solutions may not be perfect. But we are committed to working together with our students and faculty to best support their academic success and provide the academic accommodations required.

As a part of this, it is important for students and instructors to continue to communicate regarding accommodations in classes and testing. The CSD staff are available to consult with students and instructors.

Please remember to take care of yourself physically and emotionally, both in the next few weeks, and always. We look forward to seeing everyone back on campus soon.

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Office Info

Justin Dart, Jr. Center for Students with DisABILITIES
Building 568

4369 Cougar Village Dr., Room 100
Houston, TX 77204-3022

Phone: 713-743-5400
Fax: 713-743-5396