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 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:
- Accessible parking
- Alternate formatting [PDF - 204KB]
- Alternative testing conditions
- ASL interpreting/FM system/CART
- Class recordings
- Cue sheets
- Deferred exams/deadline extensions
- Emotional Support Animals
- Modified presentations [PDF - 291KB]
- Prioritized room selection in on-campus residences
- Private space for breastfeeding
- Residence 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.