Knowing what you are entitled to as a student is important. York is one of the leading schools in mental health as we recently developed a new mental healthcare plan (2016) for the growing crisis on mental health.


Students with mental or physical disabilities are entitled to academic accommodations and financial funding. Students with any disability can excel at school. This article is meant to help those who may be struggling. This article will explain the: who/what/where/when of these resources.


Who is Entitled to Accommodations?

Anyone is entitled to these accommodations, for psychiatric accommodations you will have to visit the Bennett Centre located at York for an assessment. After the assessment, your consoler will give you the papers and recommendation needed for the accommodations.


For physical, sensory and medical services, you will need to contact PSMD services who will initiate an intake appointment, after that they will determine financial compensation and give you the forms needed for academic accommodation. They can also be located at the Bennett Centre.


What is Academic Accommodation?

Academic accommodation allows an individual to have a smaller course load (instead of 30 credits each semester which is the recommended amount to graduate within 4 years) you will be able to have a smaller work load.


Instructor-related accommodations (if you wish)

  • Alternate scheduling of courses
  • Extensions on project completion times
  • Use of assistive devices such as a hearing aid, translator, note taker within classroom, sign language etc
  • Permission of audio recording/ videotaping of lectures
  • Adjustable lighting
  • Special seating/Wheelchair accessible seating


Also, you will be entitled too (but not limited too)

  • Alternate exam/test schedules
  • Alternate forms of assessment
  • Extended time to complete exams/tests/assignments
  • Using special facilities such as- different location to write tests
  • Using special facilities such as- different formats of testing i.e Braille, audiotape




Where is the Bennett Centre Located?

The Bennett Centre is diagonally across the street from Accolade East. Once you are at Accolade East, you will see an intersection; the huge building diagonally across from this intersection is the Bennett Centre. Accolade East is on the edge of the bus loop where the GO buses are located.



When Can I go Into the Bennett Centre?

The hours of operation for the Bennett Centre are 8:30am-4:30pm from Monday-Friday.

For registration services their office hours are:

  • Monday 9am – 4pm
  • Tuesday 9am – 4pm
  • Wednesday 9am – 6:30pm
  • Thursday 9am – 4pm
  • Friday 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday & Sunday closed



Active Minds thinks it is important for students to always have the support and guidance that they need. We hope these services bring a benefit for you.