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Policy 159 Review

Review: Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

PDF fileSenate Policy 159: Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities was last reviewed in 2016. The policy is important because it establishes the principles and guidelines for academic accommodation and meaningful access for students with disabilities. Policy 159 ensures students with disabilities achieve full benefit from the educational environment and equal opportunities.

Understanding the Policy Review Process

View frequently asked questions that pertain to the policy review process below:

In the winter of 2020 the Senate approved a Policy 159 Review Committee constituted of:

Current Members:

  • Kelly MacKay, Vice-Provost Academic (Co-Chair) 
  • Jen McMillen, Vice-Provost Students (Co-Chair)
  • Donna Bell, Secretary of Senate
  • Victoria Madsen, Senate Policy & Appeals Specialist
  • Esther Ignagni, Associate Professor; Director, School of Disability Studies
  • Sarah Sabatinos, Associate Professor; Biomedical Sciences Program Director, Director of Chemistry and Biology
  • Kelly Dermody, E-Learning Librarian
  • Wendy Freeman, Executive Director, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
  • Allan MacDonald, Executive Director, Student Wellbeing
  • Heather Willis, Accessibility Coordinator, Office of the Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion
  • Ayman Surty, Student Senator, Ted Rogers School of Management, Student Representative
  • Claudi Idzik, Student Senator, Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology, Student Representative

The committee provides input, perspective and advice on the revised policy, and will consult with stakeholders from across campus. The committee has representation from students, faculty and staff.

In the winter of 2020, the focus was on committee education and information gathering. In the fall, an environmental scan was conducted as well as policy consultation with invested stakeholders. Virtual town hall meetings were held in spring/ summer 2021 to provide students with an opportunity to hear about the policy review process, to provide an overview of proposed changes and to hear feedback from the community. 

First round of consultations

Key stakeholders were invited to committee meetings to discuss proposed changes and to provide feedback about the policy (and procedure). 

Virtual town hall meetings were held in spring/ summer 2021 to provide students, staff and faculty with an opportunity to hear about the policy review process, to provide an overview of proposed changes and to hear feedback from the community. 

Second round of consultations

How to participate: Virtual town halls

We want to hear from you. Community members can review the draft PDF filepolicy and PDF fileprocedures and provide feedback by attending a virtual community town hall consultation or by emailing policyreview@ryerson.ca by January 28, 2022. 

Email Feedback

Send ideas, suggestions and written feedback about the Policy 159 and Procedures draft to policyreview@ryerson.ca.

Date Review/ Consultation Stage
Winter 2020

Committee education and information gathering

Fall 2020

Environmental scan and invested stakeholder policy consultation

Winter/ Fall 2021

Policy consultation, draft writing and updated draft policy and procedures

November 15, 2021-  January 28, 2022

Focused consultations with engaged stakeholder groups; Open call or feedback via email, distributed through various channels (social media, email blasts, etc.)
January 2022 Three general consultations with an open call to the community (Town hall format)
Winter 2022

Final draft writing and Senate approval

Spring/Summer 2022

Communication

Fall 2022 Implementation

Yes. Consulting directly with Toronto Metropolitan University undergraduate, graduate, law and continuing education students is a core component of the review process. There will also be outreach to students who have been directly involved with the accommodation process. Student and Faculty Representatives from Senate and RFA are members of the Policy 159 Review Committee.

As Policy 159 is a Senate policy, the revised policy will require Senate's approval. The revised documents will be presented and discussed in various Senate committees prior to being added to a Senate agenda where Senate as a whole considers and votes on the changes. Community members are welcome to attend the Senate meeting when the revised policy is presented for approval.

Email Feedback

Send ideas, suggestions and written feedback about the Policy159 draft to policyreview@ryerson.ca