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Accommodations Policy

Statement of Commitment

OREA Real Estate College (the "College") is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and that is free of barriers based on age, race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, family status, and disability. The College commits to provide accommodation for needs related to the grounds of the Human Rights Code (Ontario) (the "Code"), unless to do so would cause undue hardship to the College.

Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the principles of dignity, individualization, and inclusion. The College will work cooperatively, and in a spirit of respect, with all partners in the accommodation process.

The College will make efforts to build or adapt its educational services to accommodate students with Code-related needs in a way that promotes their inclusion and full participation. Preventing and removing barriers means all students should be able to access their environment and face the same duties and requirements with dignity and without impediment.

Objectives of the Policy

The purpose of this Accommodation Policy is to:

  • Ensure that all staff and students of the College are aware of their rights and responsibilities under the Code with respect to accommodation
  • Set out in writing the College's procedures for accommodation and the responsibilities of each of the parties to the accommodation process.

Application of the Policy

This Accommodation Policy applies to all students of OREA Real Estate College.

Requests for Accommodation:

Requests for accommodation should be made to Director, OREA Real Estate College, at mohan@orea.com. Accommodation requests will be dealt with promptly. Where necessary, interim accommodation will be provided while long-term solutions are developed.

Accommodation requests should, whenever possible, be made in writing. The accommodation request should indicate:

  • The Code ground with respect to which accommodation is being requested
  • The reason why accommodation is required, including enough information to confirm the existence of a need for accommodation, and
  • The specific needs related to the Code ground

All accommodation requests will be taken seriously. No student will be penalized for making an accommodation request.

The Accommodation Process

At the heart of the accommodation process is the responsibility, shared by all parties, to engage in meaningful dialogue about accommodation, and to seek out expert assistance as needed. Mohan Cappuccino, Director, OREA Real Estate College, the student requesting accommodation related to a Code ground and, where appropriate, any necessary experts will work together cooperatively, engage in the process, share information and avail themselves of potential accommodation solutions to develop an accommodation plan for the student.

There is no set formula for accommodation. Each student's needs are unique and will be considered when an accommodation request is made.

Mohan Cappuccino, Director, OREA Real Estate College, may require further information related to the accommodation request, in the following circumstances:

  • Where the accommodation request does not clearly indicate a need related to a Code ground
  • Where further information related to the student's limitations or restrictions is required to determine an appropriate accommodation
  • Where there is a demonstrable objective reason to question the legitimacy of the student's request for accommodation

Where expert assistance is necessary to identify accommodation needs or potential solutions, the student seeking accommodation is required to cooperate in obtaining that expert advice.

Failure to respond to requests for further information may delay the provision of accommodation.

Mohan Cappuccino, Director, OREA Real Estate College, will maintain information related to:

  • Accommodation request
  • Any documentation provided by the student seeking accommodation or by experts
  • Notes from any meetings
  • Any accommodation alternatives explored, and
  • Any accommodations provided

This information will be maintained in a secure location, separate from the accommodation seeker's academic file, and will be shared only with those persons who need the information.

Roles and Responsibilities in the Accommodation Process

The student with a Code-related need has a responsibility to:

  • Advise the College of the need for accommodation
  • Make his/her needs known to the best of his/her ability so that the College may consider the requested accommodation
  • Answer questions or provide information regarding relevant restrictions or limitations, including information from health care professionals, where appropriate, and as needed
  • Participate in discussions regarding possible accommodation solutions
  • Co-operate with any experts whose assistance is required
  • Fulfil agreed upon responsibilities, as set out in the accommodation plan
  • Work with the College on an ongoing basis to manage the accommodation process
  • Advise the College of difficulties he/she may be experiencing in accessing educational life, including problems with arranged accommodations

OREA Real Estate College has a responsibility to:

  • Advise students of available accommodations and support services, and the process by which these resources may be accessed
  • Accept a student's request for accommodation in good faith (even when the request does not use any specific formal language), unless there are legitimate reasons for acting otherwise
  • Take an active role in ensuring that alternative approaches and possible accommodation solutions are investigated, and canvass various forms of possible accommodation and alternative solutions as part of the duty to accommodate
  • Obtain expert opinion or advice where needed, and bear the costs of any required disability-related information or assessment
  • Maximize a student's right to privacy and confidentiality, including only sharing information regarding the student's Code-related needs with those directly involved in the accommodation process
  • Limit requests for information to those reasonably related to the nature of the need or limitation, and only for the purpose of facilitating access to educational services
  • Deal with accommodation requests in a timely manner

Privacy and Confidentiality

OREA Real Estate College will maintain the confidentiality of information related to an accommodation request, and will only disclose this information with the consent of the student seeking accommodation.

Accommodation Plan

The accommodation plan, when agreed on, will be put in writing, and signed by the student requesting accommodation and Mohan Cappuccino, Director, OREA Real Estate College.

Depending on the student's individual needs, an accommodation plan may include:

  • Statement of the student's relevant limitations and needs, including any necessary assessments and information from experts or specialists bearing in mind the need to maintain the confidentiality of medical reports
  • Arrangements for necessary assessments, by experts or professionals, identification of the most appropriate accommodation short of undue hardship
  • Statement of the specific services and supports required by the student (e.g., assistive technology devices)
  • Ordering any necessary products or services
  • Incorporation of input from student
  • Clear timelines for the various stages of the accommodation process criteria, procedure, and schedule to determine whether the accommodation is facilitating the student's educational goals
  • A mechanism for review and re-assessment, where necessary, to determine whether the student's accommodation needs are being met
  • An accountability mechanism (e.g., if plan not implemented, or if not implemented effectively or in a timely fashion)

Monitoring Accommodations

The Director, OREA Real Estate College, Mohan Cappuccino, and the student receiving accommodation shall monitor the success of the accommodation plan, and shall promptly address any deficiencies or any relevant changes in the College or the student's needs.

Undue Hardship

Accommodation will be provided to the point of undue hardship. A determination regarding undue hardship will be based on an assessment of costs, outside sources of funding, if any, and, health and safety requirements, if any. It will be based on objective evidence.

A determination that an accommodation will create undue hardship may only be made by the Director, OREA Real Estate College, Mohan Cappuccino.

Where a determination is made that an accommodation would create undue hardship, the student requesting accommodation will be given written notice, including the reasons for the decision, and the objective evidence relied upon.

Where a determination has been made that an accommodation would cause undue hardship, the College will proceed to implement the next best accommodation short of undue hardship, or will consider phasing in the requested accommodation.

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