February 2022
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Dear students,


We hope that you are all keeping well. We are reaching out to connect you with tips for applying for your exam accommodations, note-taking resources, as well as a variety of other resources to help you stay grounded, organized, and connected this semester. As always, don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions!


    In this message: Signing up for exams | What can I do to ensure that my approved accommodations have been applied to my online exam? | Resources and Opportunities



    For all timed in-person and online assessments, students must submit their accommodation requests a minimum of 14 days (includes current day and weekends) prior to the start date of the exam.


    For Final Exams (both in-person and online), the sign-up deadline for Winter 2022 is March 11th, 2022.



    Requesting your accommodations:


    Please indicate ALL accommodations that you are eligible for and require for the assessment on the sign-up form. Accommodations that have not been requested for a specific assessment will not be implemented for this assessment, even if they are part of your accommodation plan.


    Missing details of exam:


    If you do not know ALL of the exact details of your assessment (for example, you do not know the exact start time or if it is in-person or online), please sign up following the exam registration deadlines with ANY details that you do know (date, possible time based on class schedule, in-person if health situation allows, etc.).


    When further details are confirmed by your instructor, please send these details to exams.osd@mcgill.ca so that we can update our schedule.


    Late requests submitted due to not having ALL details (e.g., start time, or online vs. in-person) will not be processed. Please see below for late request criteria.


    Late requests:


    Late requests will only be considered if they meet one of the following two criteria:

    • Newly registered student to the OSD who has an upcoming exam (minimum 7-day* notice required, including weekends)

    • Students whose instructor/professor has changed or announced an exam date within the 14-day* deadline (instructor/professor verification will be required for approval).

    *7- and 14-day deadlines include the current day and weekends, with days starting as of 12:00am (midnight). Exceptional circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


    In-person exams


    What to expect:


    Time and location notifications: You will receive a time and location notification one (1) business day prior to your exam via your McGill email address. The OSD Exam Centre is located at 3459 McTavish street room RS-56 (underneath Redpath Library).


    During midterms, the OSD uses various classrooms on campus including, but not limited to:

    • OSD offices (1010 Sherbrooke Ouest, Suite 410)

    • McConnell Engineering

    • McDonald Engineering

    • Arts Multimedia Language Facilities (McClennan Library Building, Room MS10)

    • Brown Student Services

    • Campus 1

    Use the campus map to find an exam location.


    You will be able to enter the exam room ten (10) minutes before the exam is scheduled to begin. Please confirm your accommodations, as well as any exam instructions (e.g., use of formula sheet), with the invigilator BEFORE you start your exam.


    Assistive technology: If you will be using Assistive Technology (e.g., WordQ, Antidote, Dragon) as part of your authorized accommodations, please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your exam start time.


    Evening exams: If your original exam time is in the evening, you may be scheduled to start at an earlier time due to the Exam Centre’s operating hours. Please review the time and location notification to ensure you show up to your exam at the correct time.




    Students writing their exams earlier than the rest of their class may be required to be sequestered due to McGill’s exam security policies.


    For midterms, students may be required to remain sequestered until 30 minutes after the original start time of the exam.


    For Final Exams, students may be required to remain sequestered until 1 hour after the original start time of the exam.


    Students will not have access to personal electronic devices while being sequestered. However, physical reading materials are permitted. Sequestered students remain supervised until the sequester period is over.


    Before your online exam is released

    Check the details of your exam on your syllabus and review your course announcements to verify that individual accommodations apply to the format of your exam.

    Register for your exam accommodations 14 days prior to the start date of your assessment using the appropriate exam sign-up form.

    Approximately one (1) week before your exam, check if you received a confirmation from your instructor or exam administrator stating that your extra-time has been programmed on the testing platform. If you have not received this confirmation, please contact your instructor/exam administrator directly.

    As soon as your online exam is released


    Make sure that your extra-time has been programmed correctly on the testing platform.



    If your extra-time has been programmed correctly:


    You should be able to see that the duration has been extended to include your approved accommodations.



    If your extra-time has NOT been programmed correctly:


    Go to Step 1 and make sure that individual accommodations apply to your exam format.


    If individual accommodations do apply to your exam format, please e-mail your instructor and cc' the OSD at exams.osd@mcgill.ca IMMEDIATELY so that your extra time can be programmed BEFORE you start your exam.



    ALWAYS verify that your exam accommodations have been programmed correctly, when applicable, even if you do not intend to start your exam right away.


    Similar to when writing in-person exams with the OSD, students are required to verify their exam accommodations before starting their exam, so that any issues can be corrected prior to writing the exam.


    Whether you are writing an exam in-person or online, starting your exam means that you are agreeing to completing the exam as is.


    If you have already completed your exam without your accommodations correctly in place, please e-mail exams.osd@mcgill.ca.We will review the situation and explore possible options with your instructor; however, we cannot guarantee an outcome.

    OSD Collaborating with Biology NTC



    The OSD is collaborating with the Biology Note-Taking Club (NTC)! If you currently have note-taking supports as a part of your accommodation plan, and are registered in either BIOL 201, 202, 205 or 303, then you are eligible to receive NTC notes free of charge through the OSD!


    To sign up, please complete this form. All students who are eligible will then be given online access to the NTC notes. Any questions can be directed to notetaking.osd@mcgill.ca.

    Tutorial Services


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    Tutorial Services Workshops are available on-demand!


    If you've ever wanted to take one of the Learning Supports webinars offered by Tutorial Services, but found it wasn’t offered at a convenient time, you’ll be glad to hear that all workshops are now available on-demand. You can even get credit on your CCR (Co-Curricular Record)! All Tutorial Services webinars can be found on the Webinars page of the Tutorial Services website.



    Webinar topics include

    • Time Management
    • Concentration and Focus
    • Note-Taking Strategies Made Easy
    • Learning & Memory
    • The Art of Taking Exams

    Fitness Access McGill



    Fitness Access McGill (FAM) is a program that helps and supports McGill students with physical disabilities, chronic illness, or other impairments, to access physical activity opportunities.


    In the online edition, participants receive a custom workout plan tailored to their bodies, have access to drop-in virtual group training sessions, and will learn skills to assist in maintaining a physically active lifestyle.


    Click here to apply!

    Disability Working Group Events


    The Disability Working Group is organizing or co-hosting three events this term. You are welcome to join and to advertise them to your respective networks or to specific friends, students and colleagues who might be interested!


    1. Disability, Law School and Beyond: Meet & Greet The Faculty of Law, Equity Committee, the IHSP Disability Working Group, and the Office for Students with Disabilities present: Disability, Law School & Beyond: Meet and Greet February 16th, 2022 1pm – 2:30pm EST

    February 16, 1pm – 2:30pm

    Zoom link: https://mcgill.zoom.us/j/81522356121

    Two McGill Law alumni, Me Steve Payette (BCL/LLB 2016) and Dr Stephanie Chipeur (DCL 2022), will discuss their experiences in law school and as researchers, activists, and lawyers to give insights and mentorship to the audience. This event is intended to be “meet and greet” for any student with a disability, their allies, and anyone interested to learn more on disability in academia and beyond.



    2. Protecting Disability Rights in a Pandemic


    March 11, 1pm – 2:30pm

    Zoom link : https://mcgill.zoom.us/j/87407082118

    Dr Laura Guidry-Grimes will discuss the theoretical foundations of disability rights during a public health crisis. She will analyze justice in terms of distribution and recognition, building on the work of Nancy Fraser and disability studies scholars. She will connect conceptual points about justice with the four elements of the IOM vision statement for public health crises, which emphasizes fairness; equitable processes; community and provider engagement, education, and communication; and the rule of law.




    3. Disability Symposium 2022 -- Disability & Well-Being: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives

    IHSP Disability Working Group Presents: Disability and Well-Being: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives March 18, 2022 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT Held via Zoom

    March 18, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/DisabilitySymposium2022

    Speakers: Joel Michael Reynolds, Joseph Stramondo, and Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry.

    New technologies, emergency situations, and scarce resources confront our policy- makers with hard questions and moral dilemmas concerning people with disabilities. An important factor in making decisions regarding how to best respond to disability needs and redistribute limited social resources is how the well-being or the quality of life of people with disabilities will be evaluated.

    Testimony by disabled people concerning the relationship between their experiences and overall well-being has long been an object of social scientific and humanistic study. For instance, the “intuitive horribleness” of certain impaired states has often been contrasted with testimonial evidence suggesting that people in such states do not in fact experience their lives as horrible. Disability activists that engage with bioethical issues have claimed that the field regards their lives as having less value, and disability theorists have problematized assessments of well-being in end-of-life and crisis contexts.



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