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Draft Policy Concerning the Right to Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

Draft Policy Concerning the Right to Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

McGill University is currently revising its Policy Concerning the Rights of Students with Disabilities—as this policy was last amended in 2005, there is need for an updated document regarding how the accommodation process functions for students with disabilities.

In order to begin the process of formally adopting a new policy, an initial draft was constructed titled “Policy Concerning Accommodations for Students with Disabilities”. In order to develop this draft, a variety of legal documents as well as a sampling of accessibility policies from comparable post-secondary institutions were consulted.

Click here for a non-exhaustive list of documents reviewed.

  • Ontario Human Rights Commission - Policy on Accessible Education for Students with Disabilities
  • University of Toronto - Governing Council Statement of Commitment Regarding Persons with Disabilities
  • University of British Columbia - Joint Senate and Board Policy on Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
  • Carleton University - Policy on Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities
  • Dalhousie University - Student Accommodation Policy
  • Dalhousie University - Student Accessibility Centre Guidelines and Protocols
  • University of Western Ontario - Policy on Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
  • University of Western Ontario - Faculty Handbook on implementation of the Policy on Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic - Policy and Procedure Statement on Reasonable Accommodation
  • l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) - Politique no 44: Politique d’accueil et de soutien des étudiantes, étudiants en situation de handicap
  • l'Université de Montréal - Politique-cadre sur l'intégration des étudiants en situation de handicap à l'Université de Montréal
  • l'Université Laval - Politique institutionnelle de soutien aux étudiants et étudiantes en situation de handicap à l'Université Laval
  • l'Université Laval - Directive applicable au soutien aux étudiants et étudiantes en situation de handicap à l'Université Laval.
  • Concordia University - Policy on Accessibility for Students with Disabilities


The draft policy is very specific in scope, and focuses on clearly describing to all parties involved:

  • Student rights in relation to disability-related accommodation at McGill;
  • The legal and ethical responsibilities that exist around the reasonable accommodation process; and
  • Definitions of key terms.

The redrafting of this policy is subject to a thorough process of stakeholder consultation. It was first presented for review at a meeting of ESAAC on March 31, 2020. Following this meeting, targeted stakeholder feedback was sought from student associations and MAUT. In response to this first phase of consultation (concluded in June 2020), a revised draft, now titled “Policy Concerning the Right to Accommodation for Students with Disabilities” is presented here for broader consultation among our McGill community.

Below is the planned consultation timeline (subject to change):

  • COMPLETED: Spring 2020 - targeted feedback (student government and the McGill Association of University Teachers)
  • IN PROGRESS: Summer 2020 - broader community feedback
  • Fall 2020 – Senate

The entire McGill community is invited to review this draft and provide feedback, either individually or as a group (when relevant).

Information will be updated here as available.

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