Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Memorial University of Newfoundland is committed to ensuring an environment of understanding and respect for the dignity and worth of each student, and also to supporting inclusive education based on the principles of equity, accessibility and collaboration.


What is an accommodation?

An accommodation is a change or modification of a rule, regulation, policy or practice that is made to enable an individual to reach an academic or non-academic standard without compromising any essential standards.


What is a disability?

In accordance with the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Act, 2010, a disability can be a:

  • Degree of physical disability
  • Condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability
  • Learning disability or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or language
  • Mental disorder


What accommodations are available at Memorial University?

Examples of accommodations:

  • Academic accommodations for tests and exams, including the Math Placement and Calculus Placement Tests, Concurrent Studies, on-campus and Distance Education courses (e.g. specified extended time)
  • Sign language interpretation
  • Wheelchair desks
  • Note-taking assistance
  • Access to TTYs and telephones with amplification
  • Assistive technology (e.g., ZoomText, JAWS, Kurzweil 3000, and closed-circuit televisions)
  • Alternative format materials (e.g. electronic text, Braille, or audio recording)

For other accommodations, or for new requests, please contact the appropriate campus co-ordinating centre.


How to arrange accommodations: Campus co-ordinating centres

Campus co-ordinating centres promote awareness and provide advice, information and assistance with respect to accommodation in collaboration with the university community. The centres also provide training and education, as well as review documentation respecting accommodations.


St. John’s Campus: Glenn Roy Blundon Centre


(709) 864-2156



TTY: (709) 864-4763, Blundon Centre (UC4007)


24-hour text service is available at Campus Enforcement and Patrol (CEP): (709) 699-9850 (e.g. for students with hearing loss)

TTY service is available for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a disability which affects speech. A payphone TTY is available in the lobby of the QEII Library.

Marine Institute: Student Affairs


(709) 757-0702



Grenfell Campus: Learning Centre


(709) 637-6268



Harlow Campus and Institut Frecker

The Campus co-ordinating centre of the campus sending students to Harlow or Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon will co-ordinate any accommodations.



Memorial University has an Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Policy in order to establish principles, guidelines and responsibilities respecting access to university services, facilities and housing for students with disabilities in accordance with the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Act, 2010.




Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000