ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS

WHAT IS AN ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATION?

An academic accommodation is an individualized modification of environments, materials or requirements which provides the student with an alternative means of meeting essential course or program requirements. (University of Victoria Policy AC 1205)

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABILITIES

  • Disabilities may be permanent or temporary and include a number of physical, mental, or physiological conditions.
  • Accommodations vary from person to person and can include extended time on exams, alternate location and format for exams, use of adaptive equipment, financial aid programs, etc.
  • Services are available to guide students and instructors in arranging for appropriate accommodation. The Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) has information about options and how to apply for academic accommodations.
  • Students can also use related services to develop learning strategies, understand procedures, cope with related stress, etc. through UVic Learning Assistance Services.

ACCOMMODATION FOR RELIGIOUS OR SPIRITUAL OBSERVANCES

Accommodations can be made for students whose observance of holy days of their faiths would otherwise prevent them from satisfying academic requirements.

  • The student is required to provide reasonable notice to the instructor of their absence from a required or graded class or event, and consult them on an accommodation.
  • Accommodations may include rescheduling tests, alternative assignments, and deadline extensions.
  • See the UVic Equity and Human Rights website for a list of holy days and a link to the policy.