The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all students, including those with disabilities, are provided with an accessible learning environment to achieve academic success. This policy acknowledges and promotes equal rights for all persons with disabilities as protected in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005).
2. Scope and Application
This policy applies to:
- the instruction and delivery of course materials in the classroom and through electronic methods;
- student participation in course activities; and
- an instructor’s methods of evaluation and assessment, and a student’s demonstration of understanding of course content and skills through evaluation and assessment.
- academic accommodation
means the creation of an individualized plan for a student with a disability to receive course content and materials, to participate in course activities, and/or to demonstrate understanding of course content and skills through evaluation and assessment.
Academic accessibility is based on inclusive design of course and program curricula, delivery methods and activities, and their forms of assessment which recognizes the difference between students and groups of learners. Ryerson University International College shall provide academic accommodation that does not impose undue hardship.
means a person applying to become a student at Ryerson University International College.
means Ryerson University International College.
means disability as defined in the Ontario Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19, as amended (“Code”). “‘Disability’ covers a broad range and degree of conditions, some visible and some not visible. A disability may have been present from birth, caused by an accident, or developed over time.”
- documents regarding disability
means any and all documents verifying that a student has a disability, or to understand the impact of the disability and any resulting functional limitations it can place on the student. These documents must be based on a current, thorough, and appropriate assessment from a registered health care professional qualified to diagnose the condition.
- essential academic requirements
means the knowledge and skills that a student must acquire and demonstrate to successfully meet the learning objectives of a course or program.
- RUIC Accessible Learning
refers to the RUIC staff responsible for reviewing documentation and overseeing the academic accommodation process at RUIC.
- student with a disability
is a person who experiences mental, cognitive, physical or sensory impairment for which they require accommodation.
means a student at Ryerson University International College registered in courses.
- undue hardship
as defined in the Ontario Human Rights Code.
- Ryerson University International College believes in the inherent dignity of all people and is committed to identifying and removing the barriers that prevent full and meaningful participation in all aspects of campus life.
- The College promotes and is committed to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in all programming and in all College actions. The College embraces the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and is committed to ensuring that all students with disabilities have the access and support needed to enable academic success. The College strives to make its programming accessible to all students.
- The College is committed to fostering an inclusive educational environment that:
- recognizes the equality, dignity, and autonomy of all persons,
- recognizes its duty to consider the needs of persons with disabilities,
- recognizes that those living with disabilities have the right to full integration and participation,
- promotes mutual respect,
- provides academic accommodations and equal opportunity without discrimination,
- fosters student learning through a range of teaching methods and practices,
- protects the privacy and confidentiality of its students, and
- recognizes the shared responsibility of students, staff, instructors, the College, and RUIC Accessible Learning, to exercise flexibility and creativity in the provision of academic accommodations.
- The College will work to provide academic accommodations for students with disabilities in a manner that most respects the dignity of the person as protected in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
- The College is committed to preserving academic freedom and high academic standards. The College will provide academic accommodations to assist students with disabilities to fulfill the academic requirements of their programs without alteration in academic standards or outcomes. Ryerson University International College will ensure the nature and extent of accommodations are consistent with and support course integrity and academic standards, as well as ensure fairness for all students.
- The College re-affirms that all students are expected to satisfy the essential requirements of their program of studies and recognizes that students with disabilities may require academic accommodations to do so, including alterations to how the student demonstrates that he, she, or they have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills.
- Accommodating students with disabilities is a shared responsibility and a collaborative process. Therefore, the College is committed to educating students, instructors, and staff about the requirements to accommodate students with disabilities, the provisions of the Code and AODA, and the resources available to provide additional information and guidance. The College is also committed to updating appropriate technology and providing education and training to faculty and staff so that materials are increasingly more accessible to all students. All members of the College community are responsible for complying with this policy.
- All communication regarding the accommodation of a student living with a disability shall be confidential and will be held securely at Ryerson University International College. Information on accommodation is only released on a need-to-know basis within the University community or when the student consents to a broader release of information.
6. Resolution of Disagreements
- Instructors, students and RUIC Accessible Learning are encouraged to seek agreement and together be satisfied with the provision of academic accommodations. In the event of a disagreement, disputes will be resolved in accordance with the principles of this policy and using the procedures described below.
- The College Leadership are responsible for establishing procedures related to this policy and their regular review. College Leadership has ultimate authority for the resolution of disagreements.