VII. Undergraduate Degree Regulations and Procedures

Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities, Guidelines and Procedures

  1. Admissions

    1. In its admission and liaison activities, the University actively encourages applications from individuals with disabilities. After receiving their application, the University will provide upon request, admissions information in alternate forms (Braille, electronic, etc.) as required. Applicants who require accommodation during the admission process are strongly encouraged to identity their disability related needs directly to Disability Services (DS).

    2. Applicants who believe that as a result of their disability their admission average does not reflect their academic ability are encouraged to identify their disability by completing the appropriate form available from DS. Applications for admission are considered in light of the information and documentation provided with respect to the applicant's disability and the impact on his/ her academic record.

    3. Applicants are advised that decisions concerning specific forms of academic accommodation are made with consideration of the learning objectives of a specific course or program. Acceptance to the University does not guarantee the granting of any specific form of academic accommodation. If an applicant believes that his or her choices concerning a specific course or program may be affected by the specific forms of academic accommodation granted by the University, the applicant should contact DS as early in the application to a program or course selection process as possible.

  2. Registration with the DS

    Students with disabilities who have been admitted to the University and who require academic accommodation either in-course or during Examinations must normally register register with DS no later than the 40th class day.

  3. Documentation Requirements

    Students requesting academic accommodation must provide appropriate documentation satisfactory to the University. The assessment must be comprehensive and reflect the student’s learning needs in a university setting and support the requested accommodation. Specific documentation requirements are as follows:

    1. Documentation for students with learning disabilities must include a current1 psycho-educational assessment report that contains a diagnosis of a learning disability. It must be completed and signed by a registered psychologist or a registered psychological associate to support these requests.

    2. Documentation to support medical or psychological disabilities must be from a qualified professional(s) and include: a statement of the diagnosis and nature of the disability; information on the severity, duration and intensity of the disability; and, whether the disability is permanent or temporary.

    Documentation will need to be renewed as appropriate to reflect the student’s on-going need for academic accommodation.

    1Current” is generally defined as occurring within the last three years, or having a diagnosis at 18 years of age or older. Documentation that is more than three years old will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

  4. Academic Accommodation

    Examples of academic accommodations available may include, but are not limited to:

    • Advanced provision of reading lists and other course materials to allow for alternate format transcription;

    • Alternate scheduling for the completion of course, project, thesis work, or Examinations, including competency examinations;

    • Extensions to program completion time limits;

    • Use of assistive technology in the classroom/ laboratory/ field (e.g. FM systems worn by Course Instructors);

    • Use of oral and visual language interpreters and/ or note takers in the classroom;

    • Use of audio and or visual recording of lectures;

    • Use of adaptive technology;

    • Support for Examinations including extra time, a private room, use of a computer, adaptive software or word processor, or access to a reader or scribe as needed;

    • Special seating; wheelchair accessible tables;

    • Adjustments to lighting or ventilation.

  5. Provision of Academic Accommodation - General

    1. A number of factors can affect the timeliness of decisions regarding accommodations including but not limited to the adequacy of documentation, the nature of the accommodation requested and the timing of the request. Students are strongly encouraged to engage in the process of requesting accommodation early. Timelines for submission of certain kinds of requests are identified in Sections 5, 6 and 7.

    2. Disability Services has authority to make decisions for academic accommodation in accordance with Section 6. Other forms of academic accommodation are decided in accordance with Section 7. DS consultants can help to identify appropriate academic accommodations, provide supportive information required in order to access resources, and assist in the arrangements for appropriate academic accommodations.

    3. Students registered with DS who need to have textbooks produced in alternate format (e.g., DAISY, Braille, large print, or e-text) must make the request directly to the DS at least two months prior to the start of classes. Students with disabilities should consult the course outline prior to the commencement of the class to determine the required readings.

  6. Provision of Academic Accommodation - DS

    1. Requests for certain forms of academic consideration can be approved directly by DS. These include requests for:

      • note taking

      • arrangements for appropriate seating in a classroom

      • the writing of Examinations in DS Test Centre to facilitate the use of extra time, a private room, use of a computer, adaptive software or word processor, or access to a reader or scribe, as needed

    2. Students who have been approved to write mid-term Examinations in DS Test Centre must normally schedule their examination times with DS at least 7 days prior to the scheduled examination date.

    3. Students who have been approved to write final Examinations in DS Test Centre must normally schedule their examination times with the DS no later than the 40th class day of the semester.

    4. Where Examinations are written in DS Test Centre, DS is responsible for informing the appropriate Faculty Support Officer of the names of those students who will be writing in the DS at least three working days prior to the scheduled date of the Examination. The DS will return the Examination to the department/ school the first working day following the Examination. Unless there is agreement otherwise with the Course Instructor, all Examinations written in DS Test Centre shall be administered at the same time as the scheduled course Examination.

  7. Provision of Academic Accommodation - Undergraduate Students

    1. Requests for academic accommodation not included in Section 6 (e.g., alternate formats for Examinations, or alternate dates for Examinations) must be reached on a case by case basis. For these types of requests, DS will provide the Course Instructor with formal written notification of the need for the academic accommodation as supported by the student’s documented assessment (“Notification”). Course Instructors are encouraged to contact DS to discuss the request if the accommodation requested by the student is not consistent with the Notification, or if there are questions related to the impact of the accommodation on the Academic Integrity of the course.

    2. Students requesting accommodations for in-course academic deadlines (ie. extension of an assignment) must submit those requests to the Course Instructor at least 7 days prior to the in-course academic deadline.

    3. If consensus on academic accommodation cannot be reached between the student and the Course Instructor, DS should be consulted for advice. If consensus still cannot be reached with the assistance of DS, the Course Instructor shall consult the Program Head.

    4. If, after consultation with the Program Head, consensus still cannot be reached on the type(s) of academic accommodation to be provided, the Program Head shall provide within 5 working days a report to the Vice-Provost ( or designate). The Program Head’s report will include the Notification from DS, information on the Academic Integrity of the course or program, if applicable and the type(s) of academic accommodation proposed. Within 5 working days of the receipt of this report, the Vice-Provost (or designate) shall make the decision on the type(s) of academic accommodation to be provided and advise the parties.

  8. Appeal Process

    Decisions made under Sections 6 or 7 may be appealed by the student to the Senate Committee on Student Petitions (“Petitions”) in accordance with Petitions’ Bylaws and Regulations.

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