Information for Instructors

Roles and Responsibilities of Instructors

The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission's Guideline on Accommodating Students with Disabilities in Post-Secondary Institutions outlines legal obligations, key concepts and important considerations.

Instructors' responsibilities include:

  • Complying with the NB Human Rights "Duty to Accommodate" legislation
  • Providing information about our Centre and referring students to us
  • Reviewing and honouring "Request for Academic Accommodation" forms for individual students
  • Consulting and collaborating with Student Accessibility Centre staff about individual student accommodations and support-related needs, when necessary

Schools, including post-secondary institutions, have a duty to accommodate a student with a mental or physical disability to the point of undue hardship.

According to the UNB Undergraduate Calendar's University-Wide Academic Regulations Part III. Examination, Standing and Promotion, Section F. Students with disabilities:

The University of New Brunswick is committed to ensuring students with disabilities receive appropriate academic accommodations in accordance with the New Brunswick Human Rights Act and applicable UNB Policies and Procedures.  Students with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations to enable them to complete academic requirements by providing the applicable campus centre, UNB Fredericton Student 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 Defined

Accommodations are strategies, technologies or adjustments that enable the student to reach prescribed course outcomes and requirements. These are intended to provide students with disabilities an equitable opportunity to participate and learn.

Accommodations never modify or lower academic standards.

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Accessible Learning

UNB's Centre for Enhanced Teaching & Learning (CETL) offers an online guide to accessible learning. Instructors who read this guide may be better equipped to make their instruction more accessible to students of diverse backgrounds, learning styles, interests, abilities or disabilities.