108.5 Policy for Students with Disabilities

The University of Alberta has a tradition of encouraging academically qualified persons with disabilities to seek admission to its programs.  It has also demonstrated its commitment to provide support services to students with disabilities to enable complete access to University facilities and successful completion of programs.  In assisting students with disabilities, the University's criteria for academic excellence will not be compromised. (GFC 26 SEP1988) (EXEC 27 APR 1998)

Although the primary responsibility for the provision of services rests with Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), the provision of a supportive physical, academic and social environment is the responsibility of the entire University. (GFC 26 SEP1988) (EXEC 27 APR 1998)

To achieve its goal of attracting and retaining qualified students with disabilities, the University commits itself to the following objectives: (GFC 26 SEP1988) (EXEC 27 APR 1998)

1. The University of Alberta will ensure that persons with disabilities are considered for admission to any programs for which they are academically qualified within the quota restrictions of programs. (GFC 26 SEP1988) (EXEC 27 APR 1998)

2. Where warranted, and without compromising its academic standards, the University will modify program courseload, examination procedures, and other academic requirements to permit students with disabilities to complete their programs. In determining any special circumstances which warrant the modification of a requirement, consultation will take place between Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) and the Deans of Faculties or their delegates.  When arriving at appeal decisions, individuals and committees will take into account disability related factors. A student with a disability who is making an appeal may request advocacy from SSD. (GFC 26 SEP1988) (EXEC 27 APR 1998)

3. In consultation with appropriate University units, SSD will provide the following:

- orientation to the University
- assessment of needs
- personal and academic advising
- referrals to additional services or agencies
- program planning
- registration assistance
- interpreting arrangements
- advocacy
- liaison with departments and faculties
- loan of available specialized equipment
- obtaining permission to tape lectures
- available volunteer assistance including: note taking, exam writing assistance, mobility assistance, taping of readings, library research help, study help, tutoring, special project help.

While support services will include the above, if future evidence supports the need for changes or additional services, these will be considered for implementation within the limits of the University's financial resources. (GFC 26 SEP1988) (EXEC 27 APR 1998)

4. The University will continue its policy of:

- ensuring accessibility and safety by removing barriers which affect the wide range of students with disabilities,
- making special parking available to students with disabilities in keeping with city and provincial standards; and
- seeking ways to provide housing units adapted for use by students with disabilities. (GFC 26 SEP 1988) (EXEC 27 APR 1998)

Steps will be taken to facilitate the registration procedure for students with disabilities. (EXEC 06 DEC 1967) (EXEC 27 APR 1998)

In future, students with disabilities who have difficulties in registration, attendance, etc should consult the Dean of their Faculty. (EXEC 06 DEC 1967) (EXEC 27 APR 1998)