Academic Accommodations Service

Changes in delivery of courses and exams will have an impact on accommodation plans that are already in place. If your professors have not yet communicated with you regarding the procedures related to your online courses and/or exams, you should contact them immediately, either by email or through any other digital communications channels in order to obtain the required information.

After receiving instructions from your professors, and if you are unable to take courses and/or exams online according to the model chosen by your professors, please send us an email at to notify us of your academic accommodation needs. Your studies integrity and continuity remain essential.

For more information, consult the Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19 section.

The University is committed to providing students with disabilities academic accommodation to allow them an equitable opportunity to fully access and participate in the learning environment with dignity, autonomy and without impediment while preserving academic freedom, academic integrity, and academic standards.

The Academic Accommodations service works collaboratively with our university community and stakeholders to facilitate the academic accommodation process. To consult the policy, visit the Academic Regulation I-16 - Academic Accommodations.

The academic accommodation process is a collaborative process and a shared responsibility among all parties involved. Our role in the academic accommodation process is to assess, establish, and implement appropriate academic accommodations for students who have a temporary or permanent disability.

Students who need academic accommodations are encouraged to contact us as soon as possible.

What is new?

Exam Centre: Final Exam Process (Fall 2020)

As we approach the Fall 2020 Final Exam period our Academic Accommodations Exam Centre has worked on streamlining the online exams process to help make this final exam period more efficient for students registered with the Academic Accommodations Service, professors and faculty.  Based on feedback and observations made throughout the semester we have made the adjustments below. 

Due to the different types of evaluations that are taking place, Professors or faculty members are required to submit through Ventus their Notices of Examination (NOE) by November 25th at 9:00am. Please note that you will have to manually enter each NOE as Ventus will not automatically import exam dates and times from uoCampus.

View the full statement

Selection of Academic Accommodations for Courses update

The winds of change are blowing through Academic Accommodations!

Academic Accommodations is pleased to inform you that the next update to Ventus is ready. To give you control over which of your teaching accommodations are visible to your professors, you must now select the teaching accommodations you require on a course-by-course basis.

View the full statement and what this means for you starting in the 2020 Spring-Summer term

Accommodation Statement for Instructors

Instructors must include this statement in their 2019–2020 syllabus and read it out loud at the beginning of their first few classes to remind students of their obligations to request any form of academic accommodation they feel they might need.

View the full accommodation statement for instructors.

New Policy on Academic Accommodations

Approved by the University Senate on June 10, 2019 and in effect immediately, this Policy outlines how the University of Ottawa meets its legal duty to accommodate in relation to academic accommodation for students and student applicants with disabilities under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Consult the full academic regulation.

Ventus Professor Portal

Professors will now receive one email inviting them to log in to the Professor Portal rather than receiving numerous emails. All academic accommodations will be managed through this system. 

The Professor Portal allows the professor to:

  • See a list of all accommodations needed for each course
  • Submit pre-filled Notices of Examination (NOE)
  • Delete and modify NOEs already submitted
  • Fil out / edit Proctor Instruction sheets
  • See which students have confirmed to write the exam at SASS - Academic Accommodations (with accommodations) or in-class (without accommodation)

Log in to the Ventus Professor Portal

Centralized Sign Language Interpretation Service (CSLIS)

The Centralized Sign Language Interpretation Service facilitates sign language interpretation for University of Ottawa’s services and faculties and academic units at cost.

CSLIS is proud to provide the sign language interpretation services in both American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes Québécoise (LSQ).

For centralized sign language service requests please complete and email the CSLIS form to the attention of and include CSLIS in the subject line of your email.

Download the Request for Centralized Sign Language Interpretation Service form (PDF)

Hours of operation

September 1 to May 31

Monday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

June 1 to August 31

Monday 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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