Student Accessibility Services collects medical documentation and other information pertaining to a student’s functional limitations, history of learning or personal circumstances for the following purposes:
- To verify the need for disability related accommodations for academic work, and
- To develop and implement effective disability related accommodations and supports.
Student Accessibility Services respects student privacy and keeps information confidential. Information may be shared with university staff, but only on a need-to-know basis as described in York’s Policy on Access to Student Records and Protection of Privacy, to allow them to perform their duties and to provide academic or other disability related accommodations on campus.
Examples of how information might be shared:
- Test and Exam accommodations will be shared with the Alternate Exam/Test Scheduling for invigilation.
- The name of students with a reduced course load as an accommodation may be shared for fees adjustment purposes or to arrange bursaries.
- Accessibility Counsellors may speak to a professor, the University Registrar or residence staff to arrange accommodations and supports.
- When a student encounters difficulties that require attention from other University units, such as Student Counselling & Development, the Students of Concern Committee, the Office of Student Community Relations or Residence Life, necessary information is shared with those unit
To protect student information, all university staff receiving information follow York University policies and guidelines, FIPPA (the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act) and other legal requirements*.
If you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .Your email will be forwarded to the Director of Student Accessibility Services for follow up as soon as possible.
* Student Accessibility Services provides academic accommodation and support to students with disabilities in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Policy on accessible education for students with disabilities and York University Senate Policy on Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The University is required to report Student Accessibility Services registration data to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) as a condition of its receipt of operating grant funding (Accessibility Fund for Students with Disabilities). Aggregate data that represents program utilization by accommodation type is collected and reported to MCU in the form of an annual report. No individual is identified, and no identifiers are provided to MCU.
Information may be used to evaluate services. Evaluation data is reported as aggregate data about group trends. No individual is ever identified.