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Accommodations on Campus

Updated July 2016

Seneca supports the Ontario Human Rights Code in that the needs of students with disabilities must be accommodated to ensure equal access to educational services.

All requests for reasonable academic accommodation for students with temporary or permanent disabilities will be considered.

Seneca Counselling and Accessibility Services staff is bound by condition of employment and Ontario’s Personal Health Information Privacy Act (PHIPA) to safeguard privacy and the confidentiality of personal information.

Students will not have to provide a diagnosis to access or receive support from the Counselling and Accessibility Services office.

Students will not be required to provide medical documentation directly to their professors to receive academic accommodations.

Requests for service from Counselling and Accessibility Services implies consent for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information for purposes related to receiving and implementing services. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Commission (March 2016), disclosure of an Academic Accommodation Letter will be provided by this office directly to a student’s program/school. We encourage students to talk with their professor(s) as soon as possible to further the conversation, as needed.

All academic accommodations will be handled by the Counselling and Accessibility Services office which will electronically provide the academic accommodation plan to the appropriate instructor, Chair or designate, as well as, the Test Centre. The Chair and/or their designate in the School/Program will ensure assigned teaching faculty have a current Academic Accommodation Letter and, where relevant, arrange the testing accommodations in the Test Centre for eligible students within a course.

Students requesting academic accommodation:

  • will be required to have this medical certificate form (download as pdf or Word.docx document) completed by an appropriate Regulated Health Professional. The completed form covers an assessment of functional limitations and its impact on the student’s ability to participate in post-secondary studies. A diagnosis is not required to access services and supports. 
  • Important Exception: Students will need to consent to release their diagnosis when requesting access to the Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) under the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) as a requirement of this Ministry program.
  • may have the option to complete tests, exams or assignments in a campus Test Centre
  • for OHRC related retroactive accommodation after a test or course completion will be given meaningful consideration (appropriate supporting documentation is required).

Efforts will be made to provide access to interim academic accommodations pending receipt of medical documentation.

Questions regarding accommodation? Please email [email protected] for more information.

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