Textbooks in Alternate Format Procedures

Students eligible for alternative formats of textbooks and other printed materials should request an alternative format of their specific textbooks using COMPASS. In compliance with Copyright Laws students must provide proof of purchase or rental of each textbook before receiving an alternative format.

You must work with your Accessibility Specialist and/or the Technology Specialist to determine the best alternative format for your needs.

Textbook information for each class may be accessed through the HPU bookstore web page.

  1. Select Alternative Formats under the My Accommodations menu on the left side of the COMPASS dashboard. On the Alternative Format page, ensure you are viewing the correct term, i.e. Fall 2021.
  2. The first section is Alternative Formats Preference. You must select either Accessible PDF/EPUB, Braille, Microsoft Word, or MP3 as your Alternative Format Preference. Otherwise, we will need to contact you to determine the alternative format preference before processing your request.
  3. Under Request Alternative Formats for (Semester) select the books you are requesting. If your book is not listed or if you have additional reading material that you would like reformatted, please email the Technology Specialist at altformat@highpoint.edu.
  4. Upload a copy of the receipt in the Upload Book Receipt section and attribute it the specific class. We cannot process your request without proof of purchase (or rental) of the textbook.
  5. When an alternative format of your textbook is obtained it will appear under LIST BOOKS CURRENTLY BEING PROCESSED FOR (Semester) and you will be able to download the book at that time.
  6. Please email the Technology Specialist at OARS@highpoint.edu to request an accessible format of any additional required reading material.

Exam Accommodations

  1. Students approved for testing accommodations are expected to discuss testing accommodations with their faculty in a timely manner.
  2. To schedule tests with The Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS), please visit your COMPASS Portal. You will sign into your portal with your HPU username and password.
  3. Schedule an exam by clicking “Alternative Testing” under “My Accommodations” in your OARS COMPASS Portal.
  4. Students choosing to take their test through OARS are required to schedule exams and quizzes at least 3 business days prior to the test day. Students are required to schedule midterms and finals at least 6 business days prior to the test day.

*For further assistance with testing accommodations, contact us at (336) 841-2896 or OARS@highpoint.edu.