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U of G responds to accessibility concerns

Affirms commitment to equitable learning environment
University of Guelph file photo. Kenneth Armstrong/GuelphToday

The University of Guelph is defending its accommodation policies after a student, Brittany Hannah, raised concerns over accessibility.

"We at the University of Guelph care deeply about our students, and we do all we can to help them succeed," said Cate Dewey is associate vice-president, academic with the university. "We recognize that each student has their own specific needs, and we're committed to creating and maintaining an equitable learning environment for individuals with disabilities."

Dewey would not speak about any individual student, but said if a student were to reach out to Student Accessibility Service in advance of the semester, they would be set up with an advisor.

"The advisor will develop a plan for that student, and reach out to student, staff, and faculty to determine what the students accessibility needs are, and what we could put in a place," said Dewey.

Approximately one third of U of G students are registered with accessibility services. That's why Dewey explained that if several students reach out to accessibility services at the beginning of the semester, it could cause delays in the process. 

On social media, Hannah said she reached out for accommodations for the fall semester in July. 

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