An accommodation reduces or removes barriers to ensure fair and equitable access to classroom, testing, co-op/fieldwork environments, extra-curriculars as examples. Formal accommodations are managed by the Student Accessibility Centre (Halifax) and the Student Success Centre (Truro).

An 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. 

Having an accommodation does not provide an unfair advantage over other students as students with accommodations are still expected to demonstrate they've met the learning outcomes set for the course. 

See below for examples of types of accommodations and information about using our Accommodate Software to make requests.

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. 

Accommodate Software

The Student Accessibility Centre (Halifax) and Student Success Centre (Truro) is now utilizing a software application “Accommodate” to streamline student accommodations. This software helps all users (students, faculty, and staff) more effectively and efficiently manage the student accommodation process.

Using Accommodate allows students to have a seamless experience requesting accommodations, uploading documentation, accessing peer course notes, and scheduling an accommodated exam all in one single environment. Students can also access all formal accommodation letters in Accommodate. Students can review the Quick-Start Student User Guide (pdf 447 kb) for more information. You must log-in using your NetID and not your alias.

This software also enables faculty to receive letters of notification and identify testing details all in one single environment. Faculty can review the Quick-Start Faculty User Guide for more information. You must log-in using your NetID and not your alias.

You do not need to register to use Accommodate. If you are experiencing errors accessing the system, remember to log-in with your Dalhousie NetID (e.g. ab123456) and password, not your alias email. The Centre will delete all accounts not associated with a Dalhousie NetID.  

If you have any questions, please contact

For more information about requesting accommodations, visit our Request Accommodations webpage.

For more information about exam accommodations, visit our Exam Accommodations webpage.