Accessibility

Accessibility is broad term and includes physical access and access to study material.

Physical access

Students with reduced mobility who may have difficulty accessing a building or room, or travelling around campus in expected timeframes, can discuss their access needs with a Disability Services Officer who can determine if timetabling adjustments can be made to provide appropriate access or more time to move between classes. Assistance travelling between buildings may also be reviewed, and whether a locker is required to store items that cannot be carried around constantly.

Accessible workspaces

Some students may need an adjustment to their workspaces, for instance, to accommodate a wheelchair or to provide a safer environment in which to study. A Disability Services Officer can review your needs and make recommendations to your Faculty for necessary modifications.

Access to study material

Sometimes the learning environment is not accessible ie brief lecture slides are provided but are not detailed and no recordings have been made, lecturer does not speak up and cannot be heard well, or discussion in class is rapid and cannot be followed. A Disability Services Officer can review your lecture support needs, amplification/hearing loop needs, and need for more direct classroom support.

Access to study material may also require review of alternative formatting of material, and sign language interpreting.

Assistance animals on campus

Accredited Assistance Animals have access-all-areas to the University campus.

Students who require the assistance of an accredited Assistance Animal when on campus will need to have evidence of the animal's identification as an Assistance Animal. It is unlawful for a person to discriminate against another person because they are accompanied by an assistance animal, however, the University is allowed to require that a person provide documented evidence that their animal is an Assistance Animal, and to determine whether it would pose a threat to the health and safety of University staff, students and affiliates.

More information on the identifying evidence required and the procedures to request to see the identifying evidence is outlined in detail on the Equal Opportunity website.