Preamble

Students-at-Risk




Preamble

 

Addressing the conduct of a student-at-risk can pose unique challenges to the University where that student has a mental or physical disability that is contributing to the “at-risk” behaviour. The University acknowledges that it has a duty to accommodate a student with a disability, in accordance with provincial law and University policy. Accommodation of students with disabilities should be made in accordance with the following principles: respect for dignity, individualized accommodation, and inclusion and full participation. The University has a duty to accommodate up to the point of undue hardship. The Ontario Human Rights Commission sets out three considerations in assessing whether an accommodation would cause undue hardship: (i) cost, (ii) outside sources of funding, if any, and (iii) health and safety requirements, if any. It further states that “health and safety risks will amount to undue hardship if the degree of risk that remains after the accommodation has been made outweigh the benefits of enhancing equality for persons with disabilities”. In some circumstances, the level of care and accommodation required may exceed the resources or staffing capabilities of the University and/or may be beyond the standard of care that Student Health Services, Services for Students with Disabilities, and Personal Counselling can provide or monitor. The student has a corresponding responsibility to make full disclosure of their disability and to cooperate with the University in making appropriate accommodation for them, including advising University officials of the need for accommodation, cooperating with University officials in the accommodation process, and providing medical or other requested information relating to the disability and the required accommodation.