Student Information

Lori from Rinella holding up an RLC Testing Center Exam Return Envelope

Students who are registered with the Miller Center for Student Disability Services may, depending upon their accommodations, be eligible to take exams through the RLC Testing Center. This page provides additional information on how to initiate the process of testing in RLC.

Prior to Scheduling

Students must have requested their accommodations/Faculty Notification Letters for that semester's classes through the Students Accessing Miami system (SAM) and meet with each faculty about their accommodations.

  • This must be done each semester as courses and instructors change for each semester

Faculty must submit the Alternative Testing Agreement/Contract before any exams are able to be scheduled.

Students must be able to provide the following information to schedule an exam:

  • Name
  • Miami email address
  • Name of the class for the exam
  • Instructor’s name
  • Instructor’s email address
  • Which of their approved accommodations they are using for the exam
  • Any additional accommodations needed (reading assistance, etc.)

Your instructor should provide any additional information regarding the exam when submitting the exam either through SAM or by email to itself. 


  • All exams MUST be scheduled at least 2 full business days prior to the exam date.  
  • Before scheduling an exam, please be sure to have all of the information above, as well as the time you will be taking the exam.
  • Exams are scheduled for time blocks between 8:00am and 6:30pm  Monday through Wednesday and between 8:00am and 4:30pm Thursday through Friday.
    • All exams must be completed (including any time accommodation) by the end of Testing Center hours listed below
      • Monday - 8:00am-7:00pm 
      • Tuesday - 8:00am-7:00pm
      • Wednesday - 8:00am-7:00pm
      • Thursday - 8:00am-5:00pm
      • Friday - 8:00am-5:00pm
      • Saturday & Sunday - CLOSED  
    • If these hours do not meet your testing needs, you will need to contact the Rinella Testing Center at 513-529-8715.
  • Exams are scheduled on an as-available basis and in accordance to the testing space available.
  • In addition, please keep the following in mind when scheduling your testing appointment:
    • Students can schedule an exam in the SAM (Students Accessing Miami system where their documents for SDS registration, semester faculty notification letters and Alternative Testing Agreement/Contract with faculty are processed) or by calling the RLC Testing Center at 513.529.8715.
    • Students will need to schedule their exam at least two full business days in advance of their desired exam time.
    • Instructors are responsible for getting exams to the RLC Testing Center the day before the scheduled exam. If we do not receive the exam in a timely manner, you will be notified and we may need to reschedule your exam for a later day or time.

Rescheduling & Cancellations

  • Students who wish to reschedule their exam can do so in the SAM (Students Accessing Miami) system or contact the RLC Testing Center directly. The system will send an email to your professor alerting them to the fact the exam scheduled has changed.
  • Students who need to cancel their exam time should contact the office as soon as possible.

Taking Tests

  • Students are required to bring a Miami University photo identification to the exam. We need this to verify your identity.
  • During the exam, unless explicitly stated by your professor, no materials beyond those provided by the instructor will be allowed into the testing room. All other materials will be stored in our front office while you are taking the exam.
  • Typical items not allowed in the testing room include cell phones, tablets, laptops, other electronic equipment, coats, scrap paper, and backpacks.
  • Testing rooms are monitored and recorded at all times during the exam session via closed circuit camera. Any potentially dishonest behavior will be reported to the instructor when the exam is returned to them.
  • As the exam proctoring is recorded, faculty members are allowed to view the video of you taking the exam if they have any concerns about your exam.
  • Students will be provided a timer for their exam. This timer will flash 1 minute prior to their allotted exam time’s end.
    • It is the student's academic responsibility to stop the exam when allotted time is up (as evidenced by the rapidly flashing light on the timer) and bring the exam back to the RLC Testing Center front office.
  • After completing the exam, students are responsible for delivering their completed exam to their instructor (unless otherwise instructed). This exam will be sealed in a confidential, tamper-evident envelope. Any tampering with the contents of the envelope prior to submission could be seen as academic dishonesty.