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:

The University of New Brunswick is committed to ensuring students with disabilities receive appropriate academic accommodation in accordance with the New Brunswick Human Rights Act and applicable UNB Policies and Procedures.  Students with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations to enable Students Accessibility Centre or the UNB Saint John Student Accessibility Centre, with satisfactory professional reports containing specific recommended accommodations necessary for the student to achieve the course, examination and program completion.  Documentation may need to be renewed as appropriate to reflect the students' ongoing need for academic accommodation.


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.