Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights

  • Access: All students with disabilities have the right to reasonable access of UNBC programs and services.
  • Confidentiality: All documentation about your disability remains confidential within the Access Resource Centre (ARC). In order for the ARC to facilitate the provision of accommodations to students with disabilities, it may be necessary to request written consent to obtain or release relevant information to support the delivery of such accommodations. This consent to obtain and release information will be governed by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the University's Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Policy and the Access and Accommodation Policy for Students with Disabilities.
  • Appeal: The Access Coordinator assesses the documentation of disability provided by you to determine what accommodation(s) will be recommended. You have the right to appeal these recommendations.

Student Responsibilities

  • Register with the ARC, identify your specific needs and provide appropriate disability-related information to our office in a timely manner.
  • All students are expected to be diligent and hardworking in their studies and accept responsibility in the role they play in meeting essential program and learning requirements.
  • Being knowledgeable regarding relevant rules and regulations of the University including UNBC’s policies on:
    • Student Code of Conduct;
    • Appeals Process and Procedures; as well as,
    • Academic Regulations as outlined in the UNBC Calendar.

Each semester, registered students are required to:

  • Meet with the ARC Coordinator if you require adjustments to existing accommodations.
  • Pick up your General Access and Accommodation (GAAA) letters at the beginning of each semester for every course that you will require academic accommodation(s).
  • Meet with each of your Instructors during office hours or by appointment to discuss your accommodation needs; have the GAAA letter signed and returned to ARC within the first two weeks of the semester.
  • Notify ARC of any concerns with accommodations in a timely manner.
  • Notify ARC if an accommodation is no longer required.
  • Book exams according to ARC Exam Scheduling Requirements.
  • Students approved for notetaking services are required to pick up notes on a weekly basis and follow the process highlighted in the ARC Notetaking Accommodation Agreement,
  • If applicable, you are encouraged to apply for provincial and federal funding programs for which you may be eligible to access grants, services and/or assistive technology.