Duty to Accommodate

Post-secondary institutions are considered a service for the public under Section 6 of the New Brunswick Human Rights Act, and therefore, have a legal obligation to accommodate students with a disability short of undue hardship.  This is known as our 'duty to accommodate'.

The UNB Undergraduate Calendar General Course Regulations (B.1.F) states the following:

Students with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations to enable them to complete academic requirements.

ACCOMMODATION DEFINED:

Accommodations are strategies, technologies or adjustments that enable the student to reach prescribed course outcomes and requirements.

  • Accommodations are intended to provide students with disabilities an equal chance to participate and learn in a post-secondary setting.
  • Accommodations never modify or lower academic standards.

Common Accommodations

  • Reduced course load
  • Note-taking support
  • Access to assistive technology: laptops; speech-to-text software; text-to-speech-reading software; mind-mapping software; adapted calculators
  • Alternate format text: electronic books; large print materials 
  • Test and Examination Accommodations: extra-time (time and a half);quiet location; computer access; assistive software
  • Classroom and instructional accommodations: extensions for assignments; preferential seating; use of memory aids; alternative assignments and assessments

Roles and Responsibilities of SAC

  • Maintain confidentiality of student information. SAC staff will not disclose a student's disability or diagnosis.
  • Communicate, consult, and collaborate with instructors about the accommodation and support needs of students.
  • Provide an accommodation letter (plan) to each student's instructors at the beginning of each term.
  • Request copies of tests and exams from instructors on behalf of students who are approved to write their tests or exams at the Student Accessibility Centre.
  • Advocate on behalf of students with disabilities.
  • Provide information, education and support to faculty and staff about disabilities and disability-related topics.

 Roles and Responsibilities of Instructors

  • Comply with the NB Human Rights 'Duty to Accommodate' legislation.
  • Provide information to students about our Centre and refer students to us.
  • Review and honour accommodation letter(plans) for individual students.
  • Consult and collaborate with Student Accessibility Centre staff about individual student accommodations and support needs, whenever necessary.