Roles and Responsibilities

College Responsibilities

George Brown College has a duty to accommodate students with disabilities as stated by the Ontario Human Rights Code. Once disability-related needs are known, the legal onus shifts to those with the duty to accommodate. Meeting the needs of persons with disabilities requires actions that respect the dignity of those persons. Human dignity encompasses individual self-respect and self-worth. Further, dignity recognizes the privacy, confidentiality, comfort, autonomy, individuality and self-esteem of persons with disabilities in regard to whether accommodations maximize integration and full participation.

Accessible Learning Services Responsibilities

  • Treat each student as an individual, and with respect and dignity.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all information submitted to the office; release information with written consent of the student.
  • Maintain documentation of disability and any other written records pertaining to the disability.
  • Assist students to determine which academic accommodations are appropriate and explain how these accommodations will be provided.
  • Assist students in gaining equal access to all GBC services, classes and events.
  • Work with student to create a Student Accommodation Plan that is sent out by ALS to their Professors on behalf of the student.
  • Provide advocacy and support to students when communicating with Professors and negotiating accommodations.
  • Engage with faculty around identifying the essential requirements of courses and to determine the most suitable method of accommodation based on the student’s needs.

Student Responsibilities

  • Register with Accessible Learning Services. Students are strongly encouraged to register with Accessible Learning Services as early as possible in order to avoid a delay in service.
  • To register, students must submit documentation from a licensed health professional that describes the expected permanence of the disability as well as the physical, cognitive and/or behavioural impacts on daily functioning.
  • Students must be able to competently perform the essential requirements of a course or program with reasonable accommodations. If a recommended accommodation may potentially modify these requirements, alternative accommodations should be explored in consultation with the student, academic division and accessibility consultant.
  • Students are not required to provide documentation of disability to College employees outside of Accessible Learning Services.
  • Students should meet with their Accessibility Consultant to prepare a Confidential Student Accommodation Plan. The Accommodation Plan will verify that the student is receiving supports and services from Accessible Learning Services.
  • A student should advise their Accessibility Consultant as soon as possible if a service disruption occurs or changes to their accommodations are necessary. To make changes to an accommodation plan, students must meet with their Accessibility Consultant either by phone, email or in person to discuss these changes.

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Treat each student as an individual, and with respect and dignity.
  • Maintain academic standards of the College.
  • Acknowledge and provide reasonable and appropriate academic and test accommodations in a fair and timely manner.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of the student by ensuring secure and confidential storage of student accommodation information and communication.
  • Ensure tests/exams are available in the Assessment Centre on time (when a student has arranged to take a test at the Assessment Centre).
  • Consult with the student and Accessibility Consultant if a recommended accommodation alters the essential requirements of a course or program. Faculty should also engage with the student and Accessibility Consultant around negotiating alternate accommodations if a recommended accommodation is not appropriate.