Academic Accommodation Process
Academic Accommodation Process
We establish academic accommodations for students with disabilities while adhering to the University of Ottawa’s policies, procedures, and administrative regulations, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code.
We take into account the standards of achievement essential to academic integrity and collaborates with the University of Ottawa community, including students, to provide reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations.
The academic accommodation process is a shared responsibility between SASS, the students, the professors, and the academic units. The parties involved cooperatively engage in the process.
The SASS - Academic Accommodations’ responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Establishing reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations for students
- Safeguarding the medical documentation and the personal information of students
- Facilitating the provision of reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations, including examinations
- Collaborating with all stakeholders to ensure the academic accommodations do not jeopardize academic integrity or program standards
The students’ responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Disclosing the need for academic accommodations to the SASS - Academic Accommodations
- Providing the SASS - Academic Accommodations with the necessary medical documentation in accordance with the Required Documentation Grid
- Attending their initial appointment with the SASS - Academic Accommodations, as well as their follow-up appointments
- Adhering to the University of Ottawa’s and the SASS - Academic Accommodations’ deadlines and regulations
The professors’ responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Reading every CAM letter posted in the Professors Portal
- Submitting one Notice of Examination per examination (not per student)
- Collaborating with theSASS - Academic Accommodations to provide academic accommodations to their students
- Submitting a copy of exam materials to their academic unit within the required time frame
- Respecting the confidentiality of all students registered with the SASS - Academic Accommodations
The academic units’ responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Uploading a copy of each examination to Ventus
- Safeguarding the personal information of students
- Ensuring completed examinations are returned to professors upon their delivery from a member of the SASS - Academic Accommodations staff
- Reporting any examination discrepancies to the SASS - Academic Accommodations and to the professor
If you have questions or comments, please contact the SASS - Academic Accommodations by email at adapt@uOttawa.ca or by telephone at 613-562-5976.
Medical Information for Mental Health Conditions
Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, students are not required to disclose their mental health diagnosis in order to access academic accommodations; however, students who want to disclose their diagnosis to their learning specialist may do so.
Please note that a diagnosis is required to access certain financial aid programs for students with disabilities.
All medical documentation provided remains confidential. It is stored in our student management system (Ventus), which is hosted on a secure server. Once academic accommodations for a student are established, the SASS - Academic Accommodations allows professors to access to the Confirmation of Academic Accommodation letter (CAM letter). The CAM letter outlines exclusively the academic accommodations established for a student—no diagnosis is disclosed.
Medical information is protected under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, as well as under the University of Ottawa’s Student Record Policy 14a.
Registering with the SASS - Academic Accommodations and receiving academic accommodations will not appear on official University of Ottawa documents such as test results, academic transcripts, or university degrees.
We are all obligated to protect student confidentiality. We therefore appreciate professors’ cooperation in refraining from identifying students registered with the SASS - Academic Accommodations in class.
Guide for Professors: Minimizing the Impact of Learning Obstacles
The guide entitled Minimizing the Impact of Learning Obstacles: A Guide for Professors describes the strategies and academic accommodations that you can apply to create an inclusive academic environment and help alleviate the different challenges faced by students with disabilities. It also presents the University of Ottawa’s Policy on Accessibility under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA, 2005), as well as professors’ rights and responsibilities under the Human Rights Code.
If you have questions or comments, please contact the Access Service by email at adapt@uOttawa.ca or by telephone at 613-562-5976.