Accommodation levels the playing field to support your success. It reduces or removes barriers to learning to ensure fair and equitable access to classroom, testing or co-op/fieldwork environments.

Accommodation is introduced when a protected characteristic (as defined by provincial human rights legislation) may place you at a disadvantage compared to other students who are not affected by a protected characteristic: e.g. (dis)ability. Accommodation recognizes difference.

Accommodation does not provide an unfair advantage over other students as you are still expected to demonstrate that you’ve met the learning outcomes set for the course. 

See below for examples of types of accommodations and how they work at Dalhousie.

Types of Accommodations

Listed below are the most common types of accommodation. Other accommodations may be implemented and are considered on a case-by-case basis:

Temporary Accommodations

When a temporary condition cannot be managed through Dalhousie’s Policy for the Scheduling of Courses/Examinations we may be able to provide a temporary accommodation. The process to request a temporary accommodation is outlined in the Request Accommodation section.

First talk with your instructors as they may have alternate arrangements built into their course design, and/or can provide accommodation directly.

Please see the Request Accommodation section if you need to request a temporary accommodation.