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Michener Institute

The educational environment at Michener is designed to ensure you gain the right skills, attitudes and behaviours to successfully enter your chosen profession. You will have a comprehensive learning experience that combines theory with labs and simulated environments, which allow you to practice and hone your skills without the fear of making a mistake. You'll also have the opportunity to learn at some of Canada's pre-eminent teaching hospitals and healthcare organizations, gaining valuable patient experience and a chance to network with potential employers. Two key components of your education are Simulation-Enhanced Learning and Interprofessional Education. (source)

 

Accessibility and Accommodations

Accessibility services are available to students with a documented disability who are registered with the service.

  • This service is available to students whose assessments specify private exam space and/or extra time on exams.
  • Reserving an exam space is the responsibility of the student.
  • Medical Radiation Sciences students who are dually registered with Michener Accessibility and University of Toronto Accessibility Services will write examinations at Michener unless space is unavailable, in which case they may write at the University of Toronto. For this reason, we advise Medical Radiation Sciences students to book early, as the University of Toronto has a separate set of deadlines.

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Accessibility and Accommodations Service Definition

Accommodation/Accessibility involves strategies that level the playing field for students by altering environmental factors that may present unfair barriers to success. Examples of accommodation may include but not limited to; altering a lab bench to wheelchair height, providing a note taker for a student who is deaf and providing extra test/exam time for a student with a learning difference.

Accommodation

a) The Student Success Network makes arrangements for students requiring private classroom space, extra time for examinations and/or lab accessibility. The service is available to students under the following conditions:

  • The service is available only to students requiring special accommodation for a documented disability.
  • Students are not obligated to disclose a documented disability to Michener; however, disclosure and assessment are required and must be submitted to the Health Nurse in order to receive accommodations.
  • Students who choose to disclose must register with the service and provide a valid written assessment specifying the accommodations they require. Students are asked to register with the Student Success Network within two weeks of the start of classes.
  • Students must re-register at the beginning of each school year.
  • Radiation Sciences students must register independently with Michener and with University of Toronto Accessibility Services in order to receive full services from both institutions. For registration to be complete, copies of assessment documents must be provided to University of Toronto. The student must notify Michener once the documents have been submitted to University of Toronto
  • Students are responsible for submitting the Exam/Test Accommodation Request Form with at least two weeks notice to the first day of the earliest test/exam date. We will make every effort to accommodate on shorter notice; however, we cannot guarantee, as spaces and invigilators are limited.
  • Radiation Sciences students will write examinations at Michener unless space is unavailable, in which case they may write at University of Toronto if they have also registered with University of Toronto Accessibility Services. For this reason, we advise Radiation Sciences students to book early, as University of Toronto has a separate set of deadlines.
  • Students will receive the test/exam accommodations specified on their assessments. If a student feels a need for further accommodation, he/she must provide an additional assessment from a recognized professional.

b) For clinical accommodations, Student Success Network will be happy to work with programs' PLO, CLO and Clinical Sites on a case-by-case basis to find resources and advise regarding individual needs.

Students who wish to register with Michener's Accessibility Services must see the Health Nurse in Room 1342, by calling 416.596.3101 ext. 3320, or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Accommodation Service Procedure

All students who wish to receive accommodations for learning differences must register with Michener's Accommodation Services.

Step 1

Student must book an appointment with the Health Nurse to discuss accommodation plans.

a) All required documentation must be submitted prior to the initial appointment. Check http://my.michener.ca/about/ss/forms.php for the appropriate forms.

b) This initial appointment is designed to begin planning for the services which the student may require, discuss current status, and any other problems/issues that the student may be experiencing.

c) The Health Nurse will communicate accommodation recommendations to the respective program CLO, PLO, the Dean of Students, and the Coordinator, Student Success Network.

Step 2

All accommodations involving extra time and/or special space for written tests and exams will be coordinated only through the Student Success Network (SSN).

a) Students are responsible for completing an Exam/Test Accommodation Request Form and have all respective program faculty sign off the form. The student should submit this form in person to Stephen Sebastyan, Coordinator, SSN, located at the SSN desk in the Michener lobby, at least two (2) weeks prior to the first date of test/exam accommodation request (contact information provided by Health Nurse). Private test space is provided only when required by the specified accommodation recommendation.

b) All exams will start at the regularly scheduled times unless alteration of examination start time is absolutely necessary,

c) SSN will notify the program faculty and student via email of the accommodation.

d) The Course instructor and the student are responsible for notifying SSN if there are any changes to the scheduled test/exam.

e) The Program will provide the exam in a sealed envelope to the SSN at least 24 hours in advance. The course instructor shall clearly write on the sealed envelope the following information:

Student Name
Course Code
Date
Time allotted for Test/Regular Writing Time
Room number
Name of person to whom the exam should be returned to Student Success Network

To ensure academic integrity, examinations must be delivered to the SSN in person, located in the Michener lobby. If this is not possible, the sealed envelope containing the exam may be placed into the metal drop box outside of the auditorium doors. The Course Instructor must inform the SSN via email or telephone immediately.

f) The SSN will notify the course instructor or designate when the completed exam is ready for pick-up. The course instructor shall make arrangements to pick up the exam. This exchange must be done in person, and the Invigilation Report must be signed by the respective faculty or an appointed delegate(s).

g) The SSN may be contacted via email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by telephone 416.596.3101 Ext.3345.

Student Responsibility

a) Complete the registration process as outlined in Step 1.

b) Provide SSN with a completed Exam/Test Accommodation Request Form as outlined in Step 2.

Note: For tests and exams, notify SSN two (2) weeks in advance.

c) Have the respective program faculty verify the exam/test times on the Exam/Test Accommodation Request Form before returning it to the SSN. Signature approval is required from the respective program faculty.

d) Arrange practical evaluation with faculty.

Respective Program Faculty Responsibility

a) Course instructor will confirm the start date and time by writing his/her name in print and signing on the Exam/Test Accommodation Request Form.

b) Examination materials must be deposited in person to the SSN office in the Michener lobby no less than twenty-four (24) hours prior to the examination.

Examination Regulation

Examination regulations are as follows:

  1. Only candidates and invigilators shall be allowed in an examination room during an examination.
  2. Candidates will not be permitted to enter an examination room without an invigilator present.
  3. Candidates and invigilators should arrive at the Test Centre room not less than 15 minutes prior to an examination.
  4. Permission to enter an examination room 30 minutes after the commencement of an examination shall be at the discretion of the invigilator.
  5. If a student arrives no later than 30 minutes after the commencement of an examination, the original time allowed to take the exam will not be altered.
  6. Candidates will be informed as to the materials permitted in the examination room. Materials not required for the examination must be placed in an assigned locker. Bags, books, notes and any other hand carrier materials are to be deposited in areas designated by the invigilator and are not to be taken to the examination desk or table.
  7. Programmable calculators or cellphones/smartphones/pda's are never allowed.
  8. The invigilator has authority to assign seats to candidates.
  9. Candidates shall not communicate with one another in any manner during the examination.
  10. Candidates who bring any unauthorized material into an examination room, or who assist or obtain assistance from other candidates or from any unauthorized source, will not be permitted to write the remaining part of the examination or any subsequent examinations. A student found guilty of cheating or plagiarism may be terminated from the program.
  11. Candidates shall answer examination questions according to instructions provided on the examination papers
  12. The invigilator will give a single warning approximately 30 minutes prior to the end of the examination time.
  13. At the conclusion of an examination all writing will cease. The invigilator may refuse to accept the papers of candidates who fail to observe this requirement.
  14. Examination papers or materials issued for the examinations shall not be removed from the examination room without the authority of the invigilator.
  15. Eating or drinking is not permitted in the examination room.
  16. Invigilators will complete an Examination Invigilation report at the end of each examination and deposit it with the SSN Coordinator.