Student Responsibilities and Process
The search for a reasonable accommodation is a shared responsibility among the individual
requiring accommodation and Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
A prior history of accommodation in high school does not warrant the provision of similar accommodations in a post-secondary setting. A student's documentation must demonstrate reasonable evidence that the accommodations requested are required given the nature of the disability.
Here is the process and your responsibilities:
- Register your disability and have your disability verified using this form (pdf).
If you are applying for a program:
- Disclose that you have a disability when you apply by checking the "I have a permanent disability" box on the Saskatchewan Polytechnic application form
- Meet regular or special admissions entrance requirements
- At least four to six months before starting your program, meet with a disability services counsellor to discuss verification of your disability, funding grants and accommodations.
If you are already in a program:
- If you did not disclose a disability during the application process, accommodations will depend on available resources and funding
- Ask your instructor for a referral to Learning Services office, who will provide support and possible referral to a disabilities counselor
- If you think you have an undiagnosed learning disability, assessment can be arranged
- Provide current medical documentation to verify the disability and supports the need
for accommodations. Your documentation should include the following:
- Diagnosis of disability by a certified practitioner, e.g. registered psychologist, medical doctor, psychiatrist. In the case of learning disabilities, psycho-educational assessment documents should be completed within the last five years. With respect to physical disabilities, more current documentation may be required.
- A description of how your disability impacts your daily activities and/or will impact your academic studies.
- Recommendations for accommodations and support services based upon limitations of your disability.
- Arrange a meeting with a Disabilities Counsellor to collaboratively develop an accommodation plan.
- Apply for funding for academic supports to help offset the cost of accommodations.
- Cooperate in the search for and implementation of a reasonable accommodation.
- Follow the accommodation plan.
- Discuss any concerns and report any changes in your needs with the Disabilities Counsellor.
- Set up your services every academic year four to six months in advance.
- If you need to change or cancel a session with a Disabilities Counsellor, disability service provider, exam reader and/or scribe, please provide ample notice.
- Arrange for exam accommodations at least five days in advance of each exam with the designated staff person at your campus.
- Contact Learning Services for assistance with study skills/test-taking, essay writing, individualized assistance with reading, writing, math and science, information about peer note-taking assistance and/or access to a tutor. There is no guarantee that a tutor will be available.
- Activate your student email account. Correspondence with the Disabilities Office/Student Development Department occurs via your Saskatchewan Polytechnic student email account. Notices, updates, requests, etc. come from Disability Services through your student e-mail account.
- Other responsibilities as listed in Saskatchewan Polytechnic policy: Reasonable Accommodation (pdf)