AUP provides support for students with learning or physical disabilities ranging from needing extra time for exams to requiring tutoring or mental health support.
These services are developed to allow all students the opportunity to study and be evaluated as fairly as possible. The Student Guidance Counselor along with Faculty and the Office of Academic Affairs work together in assisting students with these needs. We’re dedicated to helping all students find academic success.
On this page, you can access more information about our disability support services and access the exam accommodation request form if you have been registered for Academic Accommodations.
In accordance with the , students may request academic accommodations while enrolled at The American University of Paris.
To be eligible for accommodations, students submit official medical documentation, which must meet the following criteria:
If the documentation doesn’t meet all of the above criteria, the student will be asked to be retested in order to be eligible to receive accommodations at AUP. Please contact the Student Guidance Counselor for a referral to a specialist.
There are two categories of accommodations at AUP, Exam Accommodations and Additional Accommodations:
Exam Accommodations, which are provided by AUP, include:
Eligible students are free to decide whether they require these accommodations for a given exam or not. If they would like exam accommodations, it is their responsibility to inform their professors in advance about the accommodations they wish to request. If a professor cannot personally administer the accommodation, the students must submit their needs via the Online Exam Accommodation Request form no later than 2 weeks before the exam date. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) will then manage the submitted forms and organize the requested exam accommodations.
A student’s medical documentation may include recommendations for additional accommodations. Additional Accommodations include other types of accommodations, such as:
These additional accommodations are not always available at AUP. Students may choose to discuss these with their professors, but they need to be aware that although professors will provide guidance and advice, they are not required to provide these additional accommodations. If professors have questions or concerns about these additional accommodations, they are invited to contact the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) to discuss ways to help support students with learning disabilities.
The Student Guidance Counselor is the initial contact for disability support services:
The Academic Resource Center in collaboration with the Student Guidance Counselor and the Academic Affairs Office:
If you want to be tested, or if you want to know about how to register for academic accommodations during your studies at AUP, you should make an appointment with the student guidance counselor in the Office of Student Development at the start of the semester—and ideally at the beginning of your studies. We work with off-campus specialists who are qualified to conduct widely accepted testing in American higher educational environments.
It’s better to be registered, and for your professor to be aware of your eligibility from the beginning of the semester, even if you decide not to request exam accommodations.
Your professor will already have received a notification from the Student Guidance Counselor regarding your eligibility for accommodations, so this discussion will be welcome. Most likely, professors have had other students with similar requests in their classes before you. We highly recommend you discuss your disability during your professor’s office hours because this will allow for adequate time to go over the entire semester’s logistics regarding your specific accommodations: the dates of exams, the use of a laptop for class notes or exams, and/or applying the extra time on exams.
In addition, you can talk about your general academic strengths and weaknesses to determine if there is additional support your professor can provide.
An exam accommodation form must be filled out by the student to request the Academic Resource Center support for exams (a proctor, a clean laptop, a room reservation, etc). If according to your registered documentation, you are eligible for extra time, a laptop, or a separate location as part of your accommodations for exams, you should complete the above mentioned web form no later than two weeks before the anticipated exam date. Last minute requests for exam accommodations cannot be honored. Please, plan ahead!
Someone from the Academic Resource Center will send an email to you and your professors after they have processed your request. Contact the ARC if you haven’t been contacted at least 48 hours before the exam.
Remember that AUP professors are happy to work with you, and they see exam accommodation forms as a tool to best measure the knowledge you acquire in a course rather than your disability. Since your needed accommodations are based on personalized testing, they will be considered seriously by professors at AUP. Give your professors a chance to provide guidance and advice early in the semester. Don’t put off these conversations.