Academic Accommodation Procedures for Graduate Students

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Academic Accommodation Procedures for Graduate Students. Joel Lynn, Executive Director, Student Services | Jonathan Derry, Manager, Policy and Judicial Affairs Laurie Keenan, Manager, Resource Centre for Students with a Disability. Overview. Introduction - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Academic Accommodation Procedures for Graduate StudentsJoel Lynn, Executive Director, Student Services | Jonathan Derry, Manager, Policy and Judicial AffairsLaurie Keenan, Manager, Resource Centre for Students with a Disability

DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRSOverviewIntroductionAcademic Accommodation and Access for Students with Disabilities Policy (AC1205)RCSD Student Population and Graduate StudentsRationale for Creating Graduate Student ProceduresKey Issues Addressed in Draft ProceduresDiscussionNext Steps

DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRSPolicy AC1205Academic Accommodation and Access for Students with a Disability Policy (AC1205)Promotes and protects the rights of students with disabilitiesAims to create a safe, respectful and supportive environment for all university community membersAims to make UVic as accessible as possible so students with disabilities can participate as equal members

DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRSPolicy AC1205 (Cont.)Commits to providing academic accommodation up to the point of undue hardship

Supports the operations of the RCSD to provide academic accommodation advice, guidance and support to students, faculty and staffDIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRSSupport the operations of the Resource Centre for Students with a Disability (RCSD) to fulfill its mandate to: (i) inform and assist faculty and staff in providing suitable student academic accommodation and understanding disability issues; (ii) offer advice, guidance and support for students requiring academic accommodation; on the basis of supporting documentation, make recommendations and decisions regarding academic accommodation in a timely manner; 4Supporting ProceduresNew Academic Accommodation procedures for undergraduates were approved by Senate and implemented in 2011

Recognition that specific Academic Accommodations procedures for graduate students also be developed. Research, drafting and planning have been ongoing for several monthsDIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS5RCSD Student Population

DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS6Why Develop Accommodation Procedures for Graduate Students?Policy AC1205 does not specifically address graduate students or provide direction for resolving increasingly complex accommodation issues for graduate students

Currently there is no formal process outlined in university procedures for graduate students or instructors to dispute academic accommodations sought or provided

Clarification required on the roles and responsibilities in accommodation process of FGS, line faculties, RCSD, Grad Students, grad supervisors, etcDIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRSKey Issues Addressed in ProceduresDraft procedures intend to:provide information for individuals with disabilities on applying to graduate programs;set out options to encourage grad students with disabilities to report accommodations they may need early to facilitate support for everyone involved in the accommodation process;address confidentiality issues and highlight how student personal information is protected;

DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRSKey Issues Addressed in Proceduresinclude the processes used including timelines and documentation requirements for requesting academic accommodation;provide general information on academic accommodations that may be available to graduate students;clarify the roles/responsibilities of those involved in the accommodation process (e.g., Grad Students, FGS, line faculties, grad supervisors, the RCSD, etc);set out informal and formal processes to assist with resolving issues/difficulties related to implementing an accommodation plan.

DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRSDiscussionCurrent practices

Feedback on draft procedures???

DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRSNext StepsContinue working closely with FGS, GSS and faculty on proceduresConsult with graduate students, Deans Council, faculty members, Senate Committee, Academic Accommodation Advisory Committee, LTC and othersFinal drafting of procedures and endorsementBring forward final recommended draft to Senate for approval in Fall, 2013Implementation planningTraining opportunitiesDIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS11

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