Special arrangements support studies | Open University

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Students at the Open University who have dyslexia, mobility limitations or sensory impairments may request special support for study-related situations and arrangements. To be granted special arrangements, you must have a certificate from a doctor or an equivalent expert, such as a psychologist, speech therapist or physical therapist, indicating the grounds for special arrangements. 

Depending on the situation, such arrangements may include additional time or a separate space at an examination, the use of assistive tools or a personal assistant, or an alternative, separately agreed mode of completion for the course.  

Teaching

Teaching-related special arrangements may include using an accessible teaching space, assistive tools or a personal assistant for the student.  
 
If you need special arrangements in order to participate in teaching, please contact the Open University’s study advice no later than 14 days before the beginning of the course: avoin-student@helsinki.fi

Online examinations

Special arrangements in online examinations may include additional time for completing the examination or submitting assignments, or a separately agreed mode of completion instead of the examination. 

For examinations of less than three hours in duration, the additional time is 30 minutes. For examinations of three or more hours in duration, the additional time is one hour (60 minutes). These periods of additional time are based on a recommendation from the University of Helsinki’s special arrangements expert panel.

If you need special arrangements at an online examination: 

  • Request a certificate from a doctor or equivalent specialist (e.g., psychologist, speech therapist or physical therapist) stating the grounds for the special arrangements you need.  
  • Contact specialneeds@helsinki.fi to agree how the expert statement or doctor’s certificate should be submitted to the University. NOTE! For reasons of information security, do not attach your doctor’s certificate or expert statement to this message.  
  • In addition, notify us of the additional time granted no later than 10 days before the online examination: specialneeds@helsinki.fi . Your message must contain at least the following details: 
     

    • Unit responsible for/organising the examination (Open University)
    • Name, identifier and time of the examination
    • Name of the examiner
    • Your name and student number

Read more about online examinations:

Jos tarvitset tenttiin yksilöllisiä järjestelyjä, toimi hyvissä ajoin näin

  • Hanki lääkäriltä tai vastaavalta asiantuntijalta (esimerkiksi psykologi, puheterapeutti tai fysioterapeutti) todistus, josta ilmenee yksilöllisten järjestelyiden tarve ja peruste niille.
  • Ota yhteyttä osoitteeseen specialneeds@helsinki.fi ja sovi asiantuntijalausunnon tai lääkärintodistuksen toimittamisesta yliopistolle. Tietoturvasyistä älä toimita lääkärintodistusta tai asiantuntijalausuntoa tämän yhteydenoton yhteydessä. Huom! Riittää, että toimitat lausunnon yliopistolle yhden kerran.
  • Ilmoita lisäksi myönnetystä lisäajasta viimeistään 10 päivää ennen tenttiä: specialneeds@helsinki.fi .

    Yhteydenottosi tulee sisältää ainakin seuraavat tiedot: 

    • tentin vastuuyksikkö/järjestäjä (Avoin yliopisto)
    • tentin nimi, tunniste ja ajankohta
    • tentaattorin nimi
    • oma nimesi ja opiskelijanumerosi

Further information

Information about accessibility at the University of Helsinki’s teaching facilities: University of Helsinki’s teaching facilities