For Students

For Students

Disability Services provides an array of services to students with disabilities at Marine Institute. The following list details some of those services.

However, depending on individual and situation, other services will be available.

  • Campus orientation and in-take interview
  • Academic accommodations for tests and exams, including the Math Placement Test and online courses
  • Wheelchair desk
  • Note-taking assistance
  • Disability awareness activities for faculty, staff, and students
  • Access to parking accommodations
  • Academic skills and learning strategy sessions throughout the school year

Memorial University’s Policy on Accommodations for Students with Disabilities states the following:

All requests for Accommodation must be based on documented need. It is the responsibility of the individual requesting an Accommodation to provide the necessary documentation to Disability Services. Documentation must be obtained from qualified clinicians, consultants,  medical doctors, psychologists, audiologists, rehabilitation counselors, or other professionals who have specific training, designation, expertise, and/or experience and who are considered by the University qualified to assess the nature of the Disability/Disabilities for which Accommodation is being requested.

The full procedure document can be viewed here.

The policy document can be viewed here.

Intake Interview Form

The Intake Interview Form is an opportunity for students to review their psychological assessment with their Student Affairs Officer, as well as to discuss any needs and concerns that need to be addressed. During this interview, students can inform their Student Affairs Officer of any updates that have been made to their assessment, and review their academic history to identify any potential aids that may be available to them.

* It is the student's responsibility to notify the Student Affairs Officer of any courses that he/she drops throughout the semester.

New Students
  • New students who require academic accommodations must arrange to meet with Students Affairs for an intake interview.
  • The student will receive information regarding the accommodation process, including how to utilize their testing accommodations.
  • The student’s accommodation needs will be communicated to their instructors.
Returning students

Students already registered with Disability Services should identify themselves to Disability Services at the beginning of every semester, since new Information Release forms must be completed at the start of each semester.

Detailed Procedure for Accessing Accommodations

1. To request an Accommodation, students must first contact the Student Affairs Office.

2. Self-identifying with a Disability and requesting an Accommodation sufficiently early will assist with providing any Accommodation. Although exceptions based on individual circumstances will be considered, Accommodation cannot be guaranteed for the current semester, session, course, work placement, event or activity, if students do not identify themselves in a timely manner as follows:

a. At least six weeks before semester course registration in the case of new students

b. At the start of each semester or session in the case of returning students.

c. As soon as possible, in the case of students who develop a disability, either permanently or temporarily, and students with a Disability whose health status changes significantly during their time at the University.

d. Normally, at least two months in advance of a course, presentation, event or activity requiring sign language interpretation.

e. Normally, at least six months in advance of requiring special or additional resources not regularly available within the University.

f. Normally, at least six months in advance of required structural changes to existing premises.

g. At least two weeks before a scheduled in-class assignment or test.

h. Upon release of the final examination schedule.

i. At least one semester before convocation, for graduating students.

j. At least one semester before commencement of a work placement.

3. Students requesting an Accommodation must provide documentation to Student Affairs in accordance with the Procedure for Documentation Regarding a Student’s Accommodation Request.

4. Student Affairs staff will conduct an initial interview with the student and/or applicants to discuss his/her individual Accommodation requests. As part of this process, documentation will be reviewed to ensure that recommendations and decisions about Accommodations are based on appropriate medical and/or psycho-educational information and diagnostic assessment. Where necessary, and with the student’s or applicant’s written consent, Student Affairs staff may seek further information from or consult with professionals or experts, either internal or external, to the University. 

‌The interview could potential include topics such as:

  • Campus physical accessibility
  • Assistance with accessing funding sources for students with Disabilities
  • Classroom accommodations
  • Accommodations for transitions to Marine Institute
  • Accommodation for work placements
  • On-campus housing Accommodations
  • Availability of assistive technology and alternative format materials
  • Process for booking testing Accommodations
  • Emergency evacuation guidelines
  • Accommodations for orientation
  • Any other on-campus and community resourcesor services

5. Student Affairs staff will prepare any documentation notifying the student's Instructors and other individuals in the applicable Units at his/her request.

6.  Following contact with Student Affairs, students must discuss their Academic Accommodation needs with their Instructors, and any others, in light of the nature and requirements of the particular course, program or assignment.  For Non-academic Accommodation needs, Student Affairs staff will contact the applicable Unit(s) on behalf of the student for any necessary modifications to campus building(s), with student consent.

7.  In the case of semester tests, normally, Student Affairs staff will assist the Instructor and student in making arrangements. To guarantee approved Accommodations, students must schedule in-class assignments or tests at least one week in advance. Students are asked to inform Student Affairs staff of any upcoming tests or assignments for which Accommodations are needed.

8. In the case of final examinations, Student Affairs staff will notify the Registrar’s Office of the students requiring arrangement, and the Registrar's Office will assist the student and the Instructor in making the arrangements. To guarantee approved Accommodation students must schedule final examinations upon release of the final examination schedule.

9.  Decisions regarding Academic Accommodations must be dealt with expeditiously because they may affect a student's admission, re-admission, or progress, in an ongoing course, program, work placement, or access to on campus housing or an activity. When an Accommodation request cannot be arranged, the Procedure when a Student Accommodation Request Cannot be Arranged may be followed.

 Student Affairs staff will check with the student at regular intervals throughout the term to ensure academic needs are being met.