Academic accommodations

Accommodations reduce barriers and provide different ways of meeting essential course or program requirements. Of course, fulfilling these essential course or program requirements remains your responsibility.

Register with us to access accommodations particular to you.


Learning barriers come in many forms, including:

  • lectures and course material
  • exams
  • written assignments
  • class discussions
  • technology


Examples of academic accommodations include:

  • note takers
  • sign language interpreters
  • exam writing time extensions
  • distraction reduced exam environments
  • classes in accessible locations
  • adaptive technology

We need extra time to put some accommodations in place. Please contact us 6-8 weeks before the start of term if you require any of these:

Reduced Course Loads

All CAL registered students have an accommodation to take a reduced course load and still be considered a full time student for academic purposes. A reduced course load accommodation is defined as at least 3 units of credit in each term (e.g. two 1.5 credit courses per term, excluding duplicate and/or mutually exclusive course work).

CAL registered students are eligible to participate in university programming that requires full-time status (e.g. scholarships and awards, residence services, work study, etc.) while taking a reduced course load. This aligns with Canadian student loan requirements for enrolment for students with a permanent disability. Please visit the UVic Student Awards and Financial Aid website for more information. If you require a Reduced Course Load Letter outlining this, please contact the CAL Front Desk at or 250-472-4947.

Please note that external agencies (e.g. MSP, CRA, and extended health care providers) apply standard definitions of full-time and part-time course load, and consider full time as 4 or more courses per term for undergraduates. This can be confusing because the university and Student Aid BC have different rules about part time and full time status for students with disabilities. The university, and by extension the CAL, doesn't have any authority as far as external agencies are concerned.