Student wellness and equity

Photo by Stephanie Hu
Photo by JD student Stephanie Hu ('13)

We are committed to ensuring your emotional and physical wellbeing during your legal studies. Law school can be filled with challenges and maintaining a balanced lifestyle is key to your success, both during and after your time with us.

Events and activities

  • Sign up for a Vikes recreation class or use the fitness facilities. A healthy body helps keep your mind healthy.
  • Take a break and have fun at one of the many LSS events.
  • Join an LSS intramural team.
  • Check out the Equity and Diversity Committee Bulletin Board across from the student lounge.
  • UVic's Peer Helping program hosts weekly events including MORNIN' MUNCH on Tuesdays and Coffee House on Thursday afternoons from September to April.

The equity calendar

The UVic Faculty of Law is committed to inclusion and enabling the participation of community members in events at the Law School.  An ongoing concern is that some events are scheduled on days that prevent or limit the participation of community members due to a community member’s religious observances.  To respond to this and a motion by Faculty Council that addressed this concern, the Equity and Diversity Committee (EDC) has created the Equity Calendar.  We would like you to consult the Calendar before you schedule an event so that if possible your event is not scheduled on a day that may prevent the participation of those who wish to attend. More information about the Equity Calendar. The Equity Calendar. 

Campus services

Law Amicus program presents workshops throughout the academic year, such as a program orientation, study skills, scheduling and time management, exam preparation, coping with stress and anxiety, case briefing and substantive reviews, as well as a student tutoring program. The program also offers cultural, personal and accommodation supports.

Student Health 101 magazine provides information on getting and staying well.

Counselling Services provides individual and group counselling sessions and referrals to community resources. They also reserve time each day for urgent, emergency appointments.

University Health Services offers a full range of medical services and advice on a drop in or appointment basis. Their website has information on a range of health issues including wellness, depression and stress management.

The Family Centre is located in the family housing complex. Programs and events support student families living both on and off campus.

The Resource Centre for Students with a Disability (RCSD) provides services and programs and coordinates academic accommodations for students. They also provide campus accessibility information.

The Equity and Human Rights (EQHR) office supports programs to provide equitable access and participation in educational opportunities.

UVic health and wellness

The Multifaith Services team includes Bahà'í, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim appointees. The Interfaith Chapel offers a space for meditation, prayer, or quiet time.

Illness or personal crisis

If you experience an illness, family emergency or other situation, please visit the Academic and Student Relations office in room 102 in the Fraser Building so that we can provide accommodation and help you access the support and resources you need.

Assignments - If you need an extension for an assignment during the term due to illness, family emergency or other reasons, contact your professor directly to discuss the situation. Contact the of academic and student relations for extensions beyond the end of the term or if you or your instructor so choose.

Exams - If you are unable to write or finish an exam, or cannot perform to your level of ability due to illness or personal condition, you may be entitled to write special or deferred examinations. Contact the of academic and student relations as soon as possible if this is the case.

There is an emergency respite room available in the Fraser Building. Contact for access.

There is a private respite room with a cot, available in the McPherson Library. Contact a supervisor at the McPherson Library loan desk for access.

Equity and accommodation policies

The UVic Law consolidated equity policy 
UVic policy: AC1205 - Academic accommodation and access for students with disabilities
UVic policy: AC1210 - Accommodation for students on days for religious observances
UVic policy: GV0205 - Discrimitation and harassment policy
UVic policy: GV0200 - Policy on Human rights, equity and fairness