The PMC cannot divulge specific information regarding a student’s disability because of a human rights obligation to maintain confidentiality. Students are not obligated to disclose specific information about their disability. From our experience, we find that most students will freely disclose to their instructors; however, there are some who are uncomfortable doing so.
For all in-class tests and exams, it is recommended that you book the McIntyre Exam Centre by submitting the booking request located in the faculty section of Carleton Central. You may prefer to make arrangements at your department, in which case you should consult with your departmental Chair and/or administrator about specific procedures within your department for accommodating students with disabilities (e.g. reserving a room or TA for proctoring). If you are a TA, check with the course instructor. If you have questions or concerns about specific accommodation recommendations and/or how to implement them, contact the coordinator, indicated on the Letter of Accommodation.
The rationale for academic accommodation is based on the concept of “equity”. This means levelling the playing field so that students with disabilities can compete on an equal footing with their non-disabled peers. Therefore, equity necessitates differential treatment. Sometimes, people confuse equity with “equality”, which refers to non-discriminatory (hence similar) treatment on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, creed, religion, sex orientation or disability. Academic accommodation is intended to allow students to compete equitably, without sacrificing essential course requirements.
As all other public institutions in Ontario, Carleton has a Human Rights Code obligation to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities, up to a point of undue hardship. Please refer to the Accommodation Policy for more information. If you feel that a recommended accommodation will compromise essential course requirements, please refer to the Accommodations Appeal Process.
If it is a request that you feel does not compromise the academic standards of your course and that you can easily accommodate, as the instructor, you have the right to grant it. However, it is recommended that you check with the PMC coordinator indicated on the Letter of Accommodation to verify that the student has appropriate documentation to support such a request.
It is recommended that you book the McIntyre Exam Centre which is equipped with necessary technology to support such accommodation requests. If you prefer to accommodate the student on your own, you can borrow a laptop computer from the PMC. Contact the front desk of the PMC (ext. 6608) to reserve one.
The McIntyre Exam Centre is the main resource on campus for arrangements of exam accommodations. If you prefer to arrange exam accommodations at the department, please consult your departmental administrator or Chair for suggestions. For any issues related to specific classroom accommodations, consult a PMC coordinator.
The McIntyre Exam Centre is managed and operated by the Scheduling and Examination Services (SES) department, a unit separate from the Paul Menton Centre (PMC). While the PMC and the SES maintain a close working relationship, the SES operates according to their own mandate and procedures.
You will need to submit a booking request for a test – only one request is needed for each test regardless of how many students with accommodations you have in your course. The link to the booking request form is located in the faculty section of Carleton Central. Once you submit the booking request form, the Exam Centre staff will email you to confirm test bookings for your students. You will need to provide the Exam Centre with a copy of the test, at least 24 hours prior to the test date. For detailed information please refer to Exam Services website.
Formal exams are scheduled during the formal examination periods in April, June, August, and December, managed by the Scheduling and Examination Services (SES). Accommodations for formal exams are arranged by the SES. Unlike midterms or other in-class tests/exams for which the instructor needs to book the McIntyre Exam Centre, for the formal exams the instructor is not required to make accommodation arrangements.