The Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS) will now be using COMPASS, a new online platform, for accessing and managing accommodations for students with disabilities.  Together we will be able to support students with disabilities as they navigate their accommodations with more autonomy and effectiveness than before.

Click here to view the COMPASS Instructor Portal Introduction Video.  (3:19)

Click here for information about accessing the COMPASS Instructor Portal.

For additional guidance on using the COMPASS Instructor Portal, please refer to the following videos:

COMPASS Instructor Portal – Alternative Testing (3:32)
COMPASS Instructor Portal – Alternative Formats (0:51)
COMPASS Instructor Portal – Communication Access (1:40)

COMPASS information and training sessions will be announced later this month and will be offered over the summer and fall semesters. OARS staff is available to answer all of your questions about using COMPASS to support students with disabilities. Please contact us directly at 336-841-9026 or



ReadSpeaker gives all students access to reader assistive technology while taking online exams via Blackboard and navigating other areas of Blackboard.

ReadSpeaker – Reader Assistive Technology Guide

Students may require alternative media formats such as audio books or OCR-compliant PDF documents for required textbooks.  To ensure that we are providing students with OCR-compliant PDF documents that can be accessible to students, please click HERE for instructions on how to reformat PDFs for text-to-speech.

As you are building your syllabi for this coming academic year please remember to include a statement about classroom accommodations and disability resources on campus. Please see the example below, if you wish, feel free to cut and paste the text into your syllabus:


High Point University is committed to ensuring all students have equal access to all services and benefits at High Point University.  If you are a student with a disability and require academic accommodations due to a diagnosed disability, you must register with the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS) and submit the appropriate documentation.  Requests for accommodations should be made as early in the semester as possible, as accommodations are not retroactive. Contact us at or by telephone at 336-841-9026, for additional information.  The Office of Accessibility Resource and Services is located on the 4th Floor of Smith Library.

For general questions, please refer to our FAQs page for instructors or contact our office.