Guidelines for Accommodations

The following guidelines are to be read in conjunction with the Accessibility for Students with Disabilities Policy and are provided to assist students, instructors, and staff in understanding, developing and implementing accommodation requests. Accommodations are addressed on an individual basis.

See Examples of Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.


Instructors and staff should be alert to any course or program components which may seem non-discriminatory in nature but in practice may impede a student's ability to fulfill course/program requirements (e.g., ensure that a field trip or work placement is accessible and or consider a possible substitution).

Audio recording lectures may be an appropriate accommodation request. An instructor may require that the student sign the Agreement for Audio Recording Lectures agreeing to take all reasonable steps to safeguard the intellectual property and privacy rights of the instructor and other students.

Evaluation procedures should examine each student's knowledge, skills, and/or ability in reference to the course and/or program content. This may mean evaluation proceudres could be different for different students. For example an evaluation procedure for a student may consist of the use of adaptive technology devices to demonstrate acquisition of the requisite knowledge or skills (e.g., screen-reading, large-print or speech-to-text software).

There may be an occasion due to the nature and degree of a particular student's ability as it relates to a specific course and program requirements for either admission or completion when an accommodation may not be possible. See Section 4.2 of the Accessibility for Students with Disabilities policy.

Accommodating access to an academic program at the University is not related to or predictive of future accommodation by professional licensing/registration bodies and/or future employers.


University personnel should be alert to any university-sponsored event or activity which may seem non-discriminatory in nature but in practice may impede a student's ability to participate.

Where an event or activity is being scheduled ensure that the location is accessible to all guests.