University Policy and Government Legislation framework
University of Adelaide Policies
This policy outlines the expectations and processes which enable students to engage fully in their studies and university life.
This policy should be used if a student has a significant exacerbation in their medical condition (that they are registered with Disability Support for), and they need an extension longer than the standard 3-5 days, or if the reason for the extension is not related to the medical condition that Disability Support is aware of and has medical documentation to support.
This policy may be applied where there is a concern that a student has a serious health condition which may adversely impact on their study, behaviour or on the academic, business or social activities of the University. For the purposes of this policy, a serious health condition includes mental health and medical conditions.
The Disability Action Plan 2014-2019 reflects goals and intentions which underpin and guide the day-to-day teaching, learning, research and other activities that make us a university.
The Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) provides protection for everyone in Australia against discrimination based on disability. It encourages everyone to be involved in implementing the Act and to share in the overall benefits to the community and the economy that flow from participation by the widest range of people.
The DDA makes it against the law for an educational authority to discriminate against someone because that person has a disability. This includes all public and private educational institutions including universities.
Educators must offer a person with a disability the same educational opportunities as everyone else. This means that if a person with a disability meets the necessary entry requirements of university, he or she should have just as much chance to study there as anyone else.
Educators must base their decisions on a person's ability to meet the essential requirements of the course. They should not make assumptions about what a person can or cannot do because of a disability.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 - Sect 4 provides the following definition of a disability:
The Disability Standards for Education were formulated to assist educators understand and comply with their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, and became federal law in August 2005. The effect of the Standards is to give students and prospective students with disability the right to education and training opportunities on the same basis as students without disability. This includes the right to comparable access to services and facilities and the right to participate in education and training unimpeded by discrimination, including stereotyped beliefs about the abilities and choices of students with disability.