Academic Accommodations

The following information is provided for students in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) who want to request academic accommodations.

are put in place to equalize learning opportunities and access to the academic environment for students with disabilities. A disability may include a temporary (e.g., concussion or broken arm) or permanent (e.g., learning disability) condition. The functional limitations resulting from a disability can at times intersect with the academic environment in a way that creates a barrier for students. Some examples of accommodations include extra time on exams, permission to use assistive technology for exams, or permission to audio record lectures.

Academic accommodation is any adaptation that reduces or eliminates barriers to participation, which arise when a student with a disability interacts with the academic environment.
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Documentation Required for Accommodations

  • Academic Accomodations are issued by Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS) to students who have an ongoing medical condition or other disabilities that affect their academics.

  • Supporting documentation – QSAS requires professional documentation from a specialist to determine what accommodations will be granted. See the QSAS website for more details. 

  • Religious Accommodation

    • Please refer to the   Queen’s Multi-faith calendar  for all of this year’s faith dates
    • Students in need of accommodation for religious observance  are asked to speak to their instructors within a week of receiving their syllabus
    • Alternative assignments are considered a "reasonable accommodation" under the Ontario Human Rights Code
    • Students with  questions about their rights and responsibilities regarding religious accommodation should contact  chaplain@queensu.ca

Submission Process

Due to the NEW implementation of VENTUS for accommodated students, Engineering students are no longer required to submit their Letter of Accommodations (LOA) to the FEAS portal. Students can access the new VENTUS accommodations system using this launch page, https://ventus.queensu.ca/ventus/landing.php 

Engineering students requiring assistance regarding academic accommodations are asked to contact the FEAS Program Advisor, Accommodations & Considerations Catherine Gurnsey for assistance, engineering.aac@queensu.ca