To create a disability-friendly environment to empower people with disabilities to participate independently in Faculty life.
This policy applies to all students and staff of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna.
Persons with disability
As defined in the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (1996), a person with a disability is “any person who, as a result of any deficiency in his physical or mental capabilities, whether congenital or not, is unable by himself to ensure for himself, wholly or partly, the necessities of life.”
Is created by using products, medices, or services, and building environments, to maximise the ability of people with disabilities to participate in Faculty life.
Encompasses academic, social, and cultural life as experienced by students and staff of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna.
An adjustment is viewed to be reasonable when it would not impose unjustifiable hardship on the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna. Here, the decision on whether or not an adjustment imposes unjustifiable hardship will be based on consideration to not only the availability of resources, but also the impact of the absence of the adjustment for the student or staff member with a disability.
Access and Equity
The Faculty of Medicine. University of Jaffna is committed to:
Proactively working towards creating an environment that is welcoming, accessible, and empowering to students and staff with disabilities;
Providing services and support for students and staff with disabilities;
Ensuring that no student or staff member faces discrimination based on their disability status; and
Fostering positive and unprejudiced attitudes towards people with disabilities.
Assessment, Adjustments and Accommodation
Ensuring that a student or a staff member with a disability can participate in Faculty life is a mutual and ongoing process between the Faculty and the respective student/staff member. Both parties are expected to engage in good faith to reach reasonable and workable solutions that will enable full and independent participation in Faculty life.
When a student or staff member with a disability is enrolled/recruited, the following protocol will be implemented to support the student (4.2.1) or staff member (4.2.2):
Students with disabilities
Evidence of disability will be required for appropriate adjustments or accommodations to be made. If evidence is not available, the student, with their consent, will be referred for specialist opinion.
Adjustments will not in any way lower the academic standards of the Faculty of Medicine. All students will be supported to meet the core requirements of the academic programme;
Any concerns/complaints from internal and external faculty members regarding the recommended adjustments need to be submitted to the Faculty Board through the Head of Department (internal faculty members) or Head of the Institution (external faculty members). The final determination on adjustments will be made by the Faculty Board.
The procedure described above will apply with necessary adjustments to students who medelop disabilities, either permanent or temporary, during the course of the study programme.
A student or staff member with a disability who requires accommodation or adjustment is encouraged to disclose their need, with appropriate documentation, as soon as possible.
The duly completed Disability Disclosure Form (Annexure 1) should be submitted to the Dean’s Office, to be forwarded to the CDAI for consideration.
Information regarding the disability, and any adjustments needed, may only be disclosed by the authorities on a need-to-know basis with the prior consent of the student/staff member with a disability. This may include disclosure to the Faculty administration, relevant Heads of Departments, teaching staff, supervisors and invigilators of examinations, facilities services, and others who may be involved in the implementation of the recommended adjustments/accommodations.
CDAI members may include academic staff and external faculty members; a physician, surgeon, and psychiatrist should sit on the committee.
ICED should include at least three independent members who are not/have not been directly involved in the teaching or mentoring of the student, and at least one member nominated by CDAI.
Government of Sri Lanka (1996). Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act no. 28 of 1996.
Government of Sri Lanka (2006). Disabled Persons (Accessibility) Regulations, No. 1 of 2006.
Policy on Disability Access and Inclusion (Download)
Disability disclosure form (Download)