Baskin Engineering Testing Services





About BE Testing Services

In accordance with State and Federal Law, UCSC provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities in order to ensure equal access to all services, programs, and activities of the University. For more information:

Baskin Engineering Instructional Support Services provides testing support for documented DRC (Disability Resource Center) students in AM, BME, CMPM, CSE, ECE, STAT, and TIM classes. This includes scheduling testing rooms and proctors for the School of Engineering as needed.

ISS supports testing for engineering classes independently from the DRC testing center. However, students must be affiliated with the DRC to be supported by ISS. For information on how to receive accommodations through the DRC, please visit: Getting Affiliated with the DRC.


Scheduling Exams with Accommodations

All BE Faculty are required to submit the following form at the start of every quarter with their testing dates. Instructors who are not offering exams will still submit this form. DRC Exams are scheduled based on the exam dates instructors submit. 

Faculty Quiz/Exam Dates Form:

Once exams have been scheduled, instructors and students will receive notice of the time, date, and location of their exams through Google Calendar one to three weeks prior to the testing date.

Instructors can also request proctors for their exams through the Quiz/Exam form. We may be unable to provide a proctor for every exam that requests one*. If this is the case, we will inform you as soon as possible through email and the Google Calendar invite. 

*Please note that test proctors are not required by law, and it is the instructor's responsibility to request one.



Student responsibilities

1. Students contact the DRC to determine their eligibility for accommodations. When approved by DRC, they will receive their Accommodation Authorization form.

2. At the start of each quarter, approved DRC students will request Academic Access letters for each class they are enrolled in. It is the student’s responsibility to request their AA letters each quarter. If students do not request their AA letters, accommodations will not be made.

3. Students meet with their instructor during office hours or after class to discuss their accommodations.

4. Students accept the calendar invitations they receive for their exams. In case of a time conflict with a scheduled exam, the student is responsible for communicating the conflict with their instructor. Please note that ISS is only able to change a student’s exam date and/or time with instructor approval.

5. Students show up for their DRC exams at the time/day and location indicated on their Google calendar invitation. The proctor, TA, or instructor will meet students at the testing location to administer the exam. Please note that if no students show up for the exam in the first 30 minutes of the allotted test time, proctors are instructed to leave.


Instructor responsibilities

1. All BE instructors submit the Quiz/Exam form during the first two weeks of instruction. Instructors fill out this form regardless of whether they are offering exams or not. Please note: ISS requires at least two weeks notice to schedule testing rooms and proctors. We may not be able to accommodate last minute requests.

2. Instructors make an announcement during the first two weeks of class, asking students to come to them after class or during office hours to discuss testing accommodations. Additionally, the instructor should make an announcement a week before each exam, for any newly approved DRC students. It is also recommended that instructors post the following DRC policy information on their syllabi or course webpage:


UC Santa Cruz is committed to creating an academic environment that supports its diverse student body. If you are a student with a disability who requires accommodations to achieve equal access in this course, please submit your Accommodation Authorization Letter from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to me privately during my office hours or by appointment, preferably within the first two weeks of the quarter. At this time, I would also like us to discuss ways we can ensure your full participation in the course. I encourage all students who may benefit from learning more about DRC services to contact DRC by phone at 831-459-2089 or by email at


3.  Instructors submit hard copies of exams to ISS in E2-298 at least 48 hours prior to the exam date.

4. Instructors make any additional accommodation requests (such as requests for scribes, readers, or CCTV) as follows:

  • The DRC can provide test scribes or readers, as authorized for students with disability-related needs with advanced notice from you (at least one week prior to exams if possible). Please fill out the appropriate form found here.
  • Closed Caption Television (CCTV) enlarges hard copy documents, allowing students with visual impairments to access paper exams. Because the screen can be visible by others, the CCTV requires a separate room. The DRC will deliver and set up the CCTV at the exam location. Requests for a CCTV should be made at least 5 business days in advance if at all possible. We strongly encourage you to submit the DRC CCTV Request Form listing all of your class's exams early in the session. Please refer to the DRC student's accommodation letter for details about their individual accommodations. You can request the CCTV on this form.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to submit the Quiz/Exam form if I will not be holding exams for my class?

Yes, we require all BE instructors to submit this form regardless of whether they will be offering exams.

What’s the difference between a quiz and an exam?

For BE DRC testing purposes, we define a quiz as a test which does not take up an entire class period. An exam, on the other hand, devotes an entire class period to testing.

Are testing rooms and proctors scheduled for quizzes?

We can schedule testing rooms for quizzes if specifically requested. However, we do not provide proctors for quizzes. 

I didn’t receive a calendar invite for my exam. How do I find out if my exam was scheduled?

Calendar invites are sent within 1-3 weeks prior to the exam date. Please check your spam folder if you have not received your invitation within this timeframe.

I requested a proctor for my exam but was not assigned one. How can I guarantee a proctor for my exam?

While we do our best to secure proctors for faculty who request them, we do not guarantee proctors for exams. In the case we cannot secure a proctor for your exam, please be prepared to send a TA to serve as proctor.

One of my students has a time conflict with their increased exam time and another commitment. How do I resolve this?

Students should address time conflicts with their instructors. We must have instructor approval before changing any exam times. Oftentimes, we can place students with time conflicts with another testing group at a different time/day.

Can I send a pdf copy of the exam?

No, we require physical exam copies. Exams can be handed off to the ISS team in E2 298 no later than 48 hours before the exam.

Can I change the start time of my final exam?

No, final exam times are created by the Office of the Registrar. We schedule all DRC finals based on the Registrar’s set schedule; therefore, we cannot alter exam start times. We can, however, schedule shortened exam times, meaning your final exam would have an earlier end time.

Where can I find guidelines about service animals in regards to providing accommodations?

Please reference the ADA requirements for service animals here:

Can I ask a student to verify that their animal is a service animal?

When it is not obvious what service an animal provides, only limited inquiries are allowed. Faculty/Staff may ask two questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Faculty/Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.

Who should I contact with questions regarding testing accommodations?

For questions relating to testing accommodations within engineering classes, submit a ticket with us at For classroom accommodation questions or questions regarding accommodations outside of engineering classes, please contact


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1156 High Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm