Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law

Accommodation policies and FAQ

Queen's University is committed to achieving full accessibility for persons with disabilities. Part of this commitment includes arranging academic accommodations for students with disabilities to ensure they have an equitable opportunity to participate in all of their academic activities.

The views on academic accommodations outlined in a recent National Post Op-ed are that of the author and are not the practice and policy of the University and its Senate.

An indication of affiliation with the University should not be construed as speaking on behalf of the University.

According to the University’s collective agreement with its faculty, faculty have the right to academic freedom which shall include the freedom, individually or collectively, to develop and transmit knowledge and opinion through research, study, discussion, documentation, production, creation, teaching, lecturing and publication, regardless of prescribed or official doctrine, and without limitation or constriction by institutional censorship.

The principles of academic freedom are central to this university’s values and are at the heart of everything we do. 

Queen’s values are also reflected in the many programs and supports in place to facilitate student success. The University is committed to providing facilities and services that are accessible. 

Queen's Student Accessibility Services (QSAS), part of Student Wellness Services, works with other members/groups of the Queen’s community assisting the University and its programs are accessible to students with all disabilities. The goal of QSAS is to support students' successful transition to University life so that they may experience academic and personal success at Queen's.

Queen’s requires all instructors to comply with the University’s accommodation policy as well as play an active role in the accommodation process (including the provision of specific accommodations).

Students are not required to disclose private medical information to, or seek accommodation directly from, their professors, instructors, teaching assistants, etc. The role of instructors is to help implement academic accommodations outlined by QSAS, and not to obtain information from students about their specific disabilities.

FAQ

Does the university have an academic accommodation policy?

Yes. Queen's University is committed to fostering a welcoming culture that facilitates the inclusion and integration of students with disabilities into the university community. The policy reflects the university’s commitment to identifying, removing and preventing barriers to the full academic participation of students with permanent or temporary disabilities, and its commitment to complying with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Who is responsible for administering academic accommodations and what role do faculty members play?

Queen's Student Accessibility Services (QSAS), part of Student Wellness Services, is responsible for administering the policy. Advisors work with students to determine what barriers they are experiencing specific to their disability and what accommodations would equalize the learning environment for them. QSAS also works with other members/groups of the Queen’s community to ensure the university and its programs are accessible to students with all disabilities. The goal of QSAS is to support students' successful transition to university life and to help ensure academic and personal success at Queen's.

Individual faculty members work collaboratively with QSAS to implement accommodations. Faculty members do not collect information on the student’s disability and are not responsible for determining what accommodations are appropriate in any given circumstance.

Can a faculty member choose not to comply with the policy?

All faculty must comply with an academic accommodation. Faculty are required to work collaboratively with students with disabilities, QSAS staff, SGS or Faculty/School colleagues and administration, and other university employees, to implement academic accommodations in a manner that meets essential academic requirements and standards, and protects the dignity and privacy of students.

How does the University ensure instructors comply with the policy?

The student’s Letter of Accommodation represents the Queen’s Students Accessibility Services formal approval of an academic accommodation plan. Instructors are required to honour this letter in good faith. If an instructor has concerns about specific accommodations or refuses to provide one or more accommodations, they can be referred to an Accessibility Advisor or the student can work directly with their Advisor to resolve the issue.

The Advisor will speak directly with the instructor on behalf of the student to resolve the issue.

Is a student required to disclose their disability or diagnosis?

Disclosure of a specific disability or diagnosis to Queen's Student Accessibility Services or an individual instructor is not required. Any student with a documented disability can register with Queen’s Students Accessibility Services. Documentation will be reviewed to ensure it provides details on the functional impairments and limitations that result from the disability.