Instructor Information

Welcome to the DS Faculty Portal!

DS Portal is a new online system for students and faculty to meet the accommodation needs of students registered with Disability Services. The Portal provides instructors online access to students' Accommodation Letters and requests to test in DS. Paper forms will no longer be used. Instead students will submit their Accommodation Letters and test requests electronically, and faculty will be notified via email from the DS Portal. Notification emails to instructors will include "DS Portal" within the subject line.

You can use the DS Faculty Portal to:

  • Review and acknowledge your students' Accommodation Letters
  • Keep track of the students who have accommodations in each of your courses
  • Review and confirm student test requests for the DS Test Center
  • Provide test proctoring details
  • Upload test materials

Tips for using the DS Faculty Portal

Click the "Courses" tab or the "Accommodation letters" tab in the menu bar above to get started. You will be asked to login using your NinerNet user name and password.

  • Click "Courses" to review students' Accommodation Letters, review and confirm test requests, provide proctoring details, and upload test materials.
  • Click "Accommodation letters" to sort requests by course or student and to view and acknowledge students' Accommodation Letters.

Frequently Asked Questions

I recieved a DS Portal email stating an Accommodation Letter was ready. Why don't I see my student listed?

  • Be sure you are in the correct semester. In either the Accommodation letters tab or the Courses tab, select the correct semester from the "Show term" drop-down menu at the top right of the screen.
  • Still don't see your student? Contact Disability Services for assistance - disability@uncc.edu.

With an online system, how do I know the student is allowed to use accommodations?

  • Only students registered with Disability Service have access to the DS Portal.
  • The Portal allows registered students to request only accommodations that have been pre-approved by Disability Services staff.
  • An Accommodation Letter sent to you through the Portal outlines only the pre-approved accommodations for that student.
  • If the student's accommodations change during the semester, the student will be prompted to send you an updated letter through the Portal.
  • Students can only schedule a test or final exam in the Portal *after* they have sent you their Accommodation Letter(s).

The Portal allows me to view and acknowledge receipt of my student's letter. Do I have to do both steps?

  • Yes, we ask that you view/review the Accommodation Letter *and* click the checkbox to acknowledge that you received it.
  • When you acknowledge the letter, the student recieves an automated email confirmation reminding him/her to meet with you to discuss accommodations. For online classes, students are reminded to email you to follow-up about their accommodations.
  • If you skip a step and don't acknowledge the letter in the system, you are still responsible for ensuring that the student has the accommodations outlined in the letter.

Please take time to review the letter so that you are informed about the student's accommodations. Contact the student's DS counselor, listed on the letter, with any questions.

Do I schedule my students' tests in the Portal?

  • Students are responsible for scheduling their tests in the Portal; faculty receive an email notification each time a student with accommodations schedules a test.
  • The email notification will include a link to the student's test or final exam request for you to review and enter the test details.
  • You can also upload your test to the Portal, which is a secure environment. Your student will not have access to your test in the Portal.

How do I handle Pop-Quizzes in the Portal?

  • Pop Quizzes require planning to help ensure that the quiz is "pop" or unannounced for the student, but that DS has time to prepare.
  • Contact the DS testing staff in advance to schedule Pop Quizzes in the Portal - 704-687-0040 or dstestcenter@uncc.edu.

Why can't I upload my test the Portal?

  • Your courses page will show you which courses have tests/exams waiting for you to approve, as indicated by a yellow star.
  • Click the yellow star. If the message to the right of your test indicates "Passed cutoff-please call or email," then you have missed the 4-hour cut off to upload to the Portal.

How do I give my student extended test time in Canvas?

The Center for Teaching and Learning has instructions on how to give students extra time in Canvas. Or contact the Canvas Support Hotline.  

Test Center Email: dstestcenter@uncc.edu