Study Access Plans

Work with us to develop a Study Access Plan that sets out and puts in place the recommended support needed to help you succeed at university.

To get a Study Access Plan, you need to:

  • register with our service.
  • then book an appointment with a Disability Liaison Officer to discuss the impact of your health condition or disability on your study.

You should always have a valid plan in place. If your Study Access Plan is due to expire, book an appointment to renew your plan.

You must email your Study Access Plan to your subject coordinator each session.

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What your plan may include

Each Study Access Plan is based on your individual needs and your course requirements. Here are some examples of possible adjustments.

Your Study Access Plan may provide assistance for study tasks such as assignments, presentations and more.
Adjustment may include:

  • flexibility for assignment due dates
  • study material in a different format if your disability makes it difficult to access the delivered format
  • material formatted in electronic print, audio transcription or captions

Case examples

  • Brad is vision impaired, so he was provided with lecture notes and textbooks in a text-based format, which allowed Brad to use a screen reader program.
  • John’s condition causes him fatigue and this impacts on how quickly he can complete assessments. He was provided with some additional time to complete his assessments.

Types of exam provisions may include:

  • extra time
  • completing your exam in a smaller, quieter space
  • exam printed on different coloured paper
  • use of a computer rather than handwriting answers.

Case example

  • Mary experiences anxiety and was provided with a small group exam room, extra time, and permission to move about.
  • Amy broke her wrist and was provided a scribe, extra time, and a separate room for her exams.

We can help provide study materials in an alternative format if your disability makes it difficult to access the delivered format.

Reasonable adjustments may include:

  • coloured paper
  • enlarged text
  • format change such as print, electronic, audio transcription, captions.

We can accommodate your needs in this area but need time to arrange it. Early notification is important. Please do not leave this type of request to the last minute.

Case example

Harry has low vision and requires his paper in electronic format so he can use ZoomText on a computer to enlarge the text.

We look at how you can access:

  • our campuses
  • work-spaces
  • study materials
  • the most appropriate on campus accommodation.

Case example

Linda uses a motorised wheelchair, however, her class is in a room that has stairs. The Disability Liaison Officer liaises with timetabling to relocate the class to a wheelchair accessible room.

We have specialised Assistive Technology Officers who are able to get you assistive technology to use for your studies, such as equipment aids and software for free.

We also have assistive technology rooms in the Learning Commons at Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses. These quiet study spaces are available for you to use.

More about assistive technology

If your course has a workplace learning requirement, adjustments can be made to allow you to successfully participate. It's important to contact the Accessibility and Inclusion support service as soon as possible to discuss and implement strategies prior to placement.

Case study

Carla is completing work placement and is diagnosed with a mental health condition. Carla collaborates with her Disability Liaison Officer and the Workplace Learning Team from her faculty to develop a Workplace Learning Plan outlining her adjustments and supports such as restricted hours, regular rest breaks, and management of symptoms.

Adjustments can be made to allow you to fully participate in Intensive School, if required by your course.

Accommodation

On-campus accommodation is available at our Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are limited, and room allocation is based on a priority of need. It’s essential that you register with the Accessibility and Inclusion support service if you need accommodation support. When completing the accommodation booking form, make sure you list these needs so that you can be supported. This may include:

  • wheelchair access
  • carer attendance
  • assistance dog
  • physical access
  • room location.

More about accommodation

Case studies

  • Jack would like to bring his assistance dog to intensive school. Jack registers with the Accessibility and Inclusion support service to seek pre-approval for his dog to be on campus. Jack notifies Res Life on his accommodation booking form that his assistance dog will be on campus.
  • Kai’s condition impacts on her concentration and retention of information. She will have difficulty listening in lectures and taking notes at her intensive school. Kai was provided with a peer note-taker who will take notes on her behalf.

The workers from the Disability Service at Charles Sturt University go to the extreme to help their students achieve their goals.

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