An advisory group which included undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty, reviewed feedback from the university community to update the accessibility policy. This website summarizes the process of the policy review.
The Accessibility Policy Advisory Group (APAG) reviewed and made recommendations to update the Policy on accessibility for students with disabilities (PRVPA-14), with the goal of integrating all persons with disabilities in the same policy and reinforcing our university commitment to accessibility.
Overview of policy review process
The process started with a review of accessibility policies for students and employees at Canadian universities as well as a variety of relevant legislative requirements.
Prior to the start of the review process an extensive list was generated from feedback already received concerning accessibility from students and employees, including:
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group Report and Recommendations (2020)
Office of the Provost
Office of Rights and Responsibilities
Access Centre for Students with Disabilities
Human Resources and Employee Relations
Center for Gender Advocacy – Revision Recommendations: Student Accessibility Policy
A review of Policies on Accessibility at Canadian Universities
Policy review – committee meeting updates
The members of the policy review group included undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty. The APAG met weekly from January to May 2021 and each week, a section of the policy was reviewed.
Between each meeting, members of APAG were encouraged to send feedback and suggestions. Stakeholders from different areas of the university were invited to meet with the APAG, including: Student Advocates; the Graduate Student Association; Office of Community Engagement; Hospitality; Centre for Teaching and Learning; Vice-Provost, Innovation in Teaching and Learning; Office of Rights and Responsibilities; Ombuds Office; and the Vice-President, Services and Sustainability.
Sub-groups from the Access Centre for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) and Human Resources (HR) met to work on procedures.
Information sessions — update on the policy on accessibility
Draft policy reviewed by the Office of the Secretary General
Continued revisions to the procedures document for employees and students by subgroups in HR and ACSD
Policy discussion at the President’s Executive Group
Have your say
The Accessibility Policy Advisory Group welcomes feedback on accessibility from members of the Concordia community. All submissions will be confidential and reviewed only by Advisory Group members. Email us.