1. Religious Observation
  2. Pregnancy and/or Parental Leave
  3. Students with Disabilities
  4. Survivors of Sexual Violence
  5. Accommodation for Student Activities
  6. Contacts

Carleton provides academic accommodation to students for reasons of disability, religious observance, pregnancy and/or parental leave, sexual violence, and student activities.

Providing accommodations simply means providing alternatives to students who cannot perform the essential requirements of their academic programs due to the reasons mentioned above. At no time does academic accommodation undermine or compromise the learning objectives that are established by the academic authorities of the university.

This page provides only a brief overview of the accommodations policy and process. Please contact Equity and Inclusive Communities for a full explanation.

Religious Observation

A request should be made in the first two weeks of the academic term, or as soon as possible where the scheduling of an event or activity conflicting with a religious obligation does not appear in the course outline or calendar.

A list of multi-faith holy days is accessible through the Equity Services website. Instructors can also contact Equity Services to confirm the eligibility of a religious event or practice.

Pregnancy and/or Parental Leave

Requests for parental leave must be made in writing to the Registrar’s Office, or in the case of graduate students, to the Office of the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.

A student who is pregnant may request a temporary modification to her program (e.g., laboratory or field work). The student should meet with the instructor(s). The department chair/director and the faculty dean can assist in the discussion. An Equity Services advisor can also be consulted if a student has questions about pregnancy and/or parental leave.

Students with Disabilities

Carleton is strongly committed to providing access and accommodation for all individuals with identified and duly assessed disabilities. The university has a Senate-approved policy on academic accommodation that forms part of its human rights policy. The policy promotes efforts to accommodate students with disabilities so that they will have the opportunity to meet learning outcomes and be fairly evaluated in their performance. In no case, however, does academic accommodation negotiate away, lower, or remove the academic standards and learning outcomes of any course or program, rule, regulation, or policy at the university.

Some students with disabilities may require special accommodations for tests and exams. In these cases, students must present you with a signed accommodation form from the Paul Menton Centre detailing their accommodation needs well in advance of the date of an exam. A copy of the Paul Menton Centre accommodations policy can be found here. 

Survivors of Sexual Violence

As a community, Carleton University is committed to maintaining a positive learning, working and living environment where sexual violence will not be tolerated, and where survivors are supported through academic accommodations as per Carleton’s Sexual Violence Policy. For more information about the services available at the university and to obtain information about sexual violence and/or support, visit carleton.ca/sexual-violence-support.

Accommodation for Student Activities

Carleton University recognizes the substantial benefits, both to the individual student and for the university, that result from a student participating in activities beyond the classroom experience. Reasonable accommodation must be provided to students who compete or perform at the national or international level. Please contact your instructor with any requests for academic accommodation during the first two weeks of class, or as soon as possible after the need for accommodation is known to exist. For more details, see the policy.


Equity Services
503 Robertson Hall

Paul Menton Centre
501 University Centre

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