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Studying with disability

Students with a disability and special needs are entitled to adaptation of their daily student life and examination to ensure equal learning and educational opportunities. This right applies to adaptation that does not involve a disproportionate burden for the higher education institution. In such assessments, special attention must be paid to how effective the adaptation is in removing the barriers for these students, the costs of the adaptation and the institution’s resources. Adaptations shall not lead to a reduction of the academic requirements that apply for the relevant education.

This is regulated by Section 46 of the regulations for studies and examinations at UiT.



Individual adaptation is relevant for students with a disability and special needs. The disability may be of a physical, psychological or cognitive nature. Where there are no defined requirements related to the permanence or degree of disability, this does not apply to reduced functional ability of a temporary nature.

The disabilities may be divided into the following categories:

  • Impaired vision
  • Impaired hearing
  • Impaired mobility
  • Specific learning disabilities including dyslexia
  • Chronic illnesses (asthma, allergies, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, epilepsy etc.)
  • Mental disorders
  • Cognitive disabilities
  • Social problems


The purpose of individual adaptation is to compensate the disadvantages the disability/the special needs causes the student while maintaining the academic requirements for the course.

Good individual adaptations rely on good collaboration between the faculty and you as a student. You have a shared responsibility to propose appropriate measures, and you should have an active dialogue with your faculty to clarify your needs and possible measures. It is important to contact your faculty as early as possible because it can take time to put the adaptation measures in place.

No complete list detailing relevant adaptation measures exists, as any such measures must be assessed on a case by case basis. Examples of previously granted adaptation measures include:

  • Individually adapted reading place and reservation of place in the auditorium, classroom, etc.
  • Adaptation of syllabus literature through the Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille and of compendia
  • Remedial teaching
  • Student assistant
  • Recording of lectures as audio files, copies of the lecturer’s notes, presentations and the like

 If you need adaptation to work requirements/tests, please contact your studyadministration /teacher etc. in good time before implementation.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is responsible for granting some of the adaptation measures, while in other cases the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Organisation (NAV) and/or your municipal council is responsible. Please clarify your needs with your contact person.

The Arctic Student Welfare Organisation can assist if you need adapted housing or a professional to talk with. For more information, please visit: Norway's Arctic Student Welfare Organisation



You must be able to document that you have a disability that results in a need for adaptation. It is extremely important that such documentation outlines the disadvantages your disability creates in your daily student life.

The quality and content of the documentation from the expert body is important for UiT to be able to make good assessments when processing applications. To ensure that the practicing of individual adaptation of daily student life is as fair and reasonable as possible, we kindly ask that the expert body describes what is challenging and the consequences this has for the student.



For details about the deadlines for applying for adaptation of daily student life, please contact your contact person.



Adapted workplaces for students


The University Library has some adapted reading places. Read more about the offer here.

Subject literature as audio books 


Students who suffer from visual impairment, ADHD, dyslexia and other reading disorders can borrow adapted subject literature from The Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille (NLB). NLB is funded by the Ministry of Culture and this provision is free of charge for users. Click here to sign up.

Lingdys/Lingright software tool for students with Specific Language Disorder


Students with a Specific Language Disorder (e.g. dyslexia) may apply for financial support for reading and writing tool from the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV). Click here to apply to NAV 

Information from Lingit about how to apply for financial support from NAV (in Norwegian only) 

When you have sent your application for a personal licence to NAV, Lingit will provide a free temporary licence so you can start using the program while you await a decision from NAV. Click here ((in Norwegian only) to read more about the process.

Addition grant from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund


Students studying at a higher education institution who are unable to get part-time work because of reduced functional ability can apply for an additional grant from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund.

Specialized teaching / speech therapy


Students with language difficulties can apply for assessment/ special education at The Adult Education Centre in Tromsø. If you do not have an address in Tromsø, your contact can help you find out if your local PP-service.

Reading and secretarial assistance


You can get reading and secretarial help if you are blind or partially sighted, and when the help is necessary for you to be able to carry out your work, complete education or participate in work training that is relevant to you. Read more here (in Norwegian only).

The objective of individual adaptation of an examination is to compensate for the disadvantages the disability causes the candidate an examination situation, while ensuring that all candidates are tested equally to the greatest extent possible.

Applications for adaptation are assessed on a case by case basis based on the application, the documentation from the specialist/expert body, the regulations and academic considerations.

Candidates who are unable to sit an examination owing to an acute illness/suffering just before the examination are entitled to a re-scheduled examination. However, if it is probable that the candidate could sit/complete the examination if simple and not particularly resource demanding measures are implemented, such minor adaptation will be granted. The candidate must document that the need for such adaptation has arisen after the deadline for applying for adaptation has passed.



You can apply for adaptation of an examination if you have

  • a disability
  • an illness
  • or other special needs

which cause significant disadvantages in an examination situation.



No complete list detailing relevant adaptation measures exists, as any such measures must be assessed on a case by case basis. Examples of previously granted adaptation measures include:

Additional time


Additional examination time may be granted for candidates who need this. You will receive an additional 20 minutes for supervised written examinations of up to three hours’ duration, 30 minutes for examinations of three to five hours’ duration and one hour for examinations lasting five hours or more.

The application must state the form of examination, while the need for additional time must be documented.

If the form of examination is not specified, the application will be processed as adaptation for a written examination.

Time to rest


If you need to rest during an examination, additional time may be granted for this purpose. The need for additional time must be documented. You will receive an additional 20 minutes for supervised written examinations of up to three hours’ duration, 30 minutes for examinations of three to five hours’ duration and one hour for examinations lasting five hours or more.

You must contact an invigilator each time you wish to rest so he/she can note how much of the additional time you have used. If you do not do this, you will not be credited any time to rest. It is important to note that the resting time may not be used for examination work. There is a rest room at the campus for students who require this.

Lingdys/Lingright reading and writing tool


If you have documented dyslexia or other forms of learning disabilities, you can apply for permission to use the software tool Lingdys during written examinations.

Lingdys is a reading and writing tool designed to help people with dyslexia or other forms of learning disabilities. It contains dictionaries in Norwegian Bokmal, Norwegian Nynorsk and English as well as speech synthesis to read out written text. Speech synthesis is software that decodes digital text and read it out loud. Lingdys4 also contains Lingright (English dictionary).

Students who are granted permission to use Lingdys during written examinations will be provided with a computer with the Lingdys program installed. Contact an invigilator when you arrive at the examination venue.

Applications concerning adaptation for learning disabilities (dyslexia) must be supported by documentation in the form of a certificate from a speech therapist/the educational and psychological counselling service (PPT). Such documentation cannot be older than from lower secondary school.

Use of computers during examinations


Students who need to use a computer during examinations may apply for this. UiT The Arctic University of Norway is arranging increasing more written examinations as digital examinations. If examinations are arranged as digital examination, you take your own laptop computer. However, if the examination is not digital, we will ensure that you are provided a laptop computer on the day of the examination.

Norwegian as a foreign language


Candidates who have Norwegian as a foreign language may be granted additional examination time of 20 minutes for supervised written examinations of up to three hours’ duration, 30 minutes for examinations of three to five hours’ duration and one hour for examinations lasting five hours or more. For home examinations and others forms of examination, the university will assess whether there are grounds to grant additional time.


This arrangement applies during the first year the student is registered at UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø.

This arrangement does not apply for students who sit the examination in English or for students who had Norwegian as their second language at upper secondary school. Furthermore, this arrangement does not apply to candidates taking courses in Nordic languages.

Candidates who have Norwegian as a foreign language may, upon application, use a dictionary during the examination.

After your application to use a dictionary as an examination support material has been approved, the dictionary must be controlled by your programme administration.

You must print the form below, and bring it together with your approved application for examination support material to your programme administration.

You can find the application form here.

Allergies and/or asthma 


As a starting point, allergies and/or asthma do not provide the basis for individual adaptations during examinations. The Norwegian universities jointly obtained a medical assessment about whether there is a requirement for individual adaptation for asthma/allergy sufferers during examinations. The conclusion was that current medications do not create any significant sedative effect that would impair one’s performance during an examination. 

In serious/special circumstances, a brief amount of additional time may be granted to rest and/or take necessary medication during a written examination.

If a candidate is suffering from an allergy or asthma to the extent that he/she is unable to sit/complete the examination, he/she can submit a medical certificate documenting illness on the day of the examination and be granted access to register for a re-scheduled examination.

Pregnancy


Pregnant candidates are granted rest time of 20 minutes for supervised written examinations of up to three hours’ duration, 30 minutes for examinations of three to five hours’ duration and one hour for examinations lasting five hours or more if the examination is held in the eighth or ninth month of pregnancy. A medical certificate stating the baby’s anticipated due date must be submitted.

Examination venue


Students who require adaptation of the examination venue may apply for this. For instance, students can sit the examination in a smaller room with few other students or, in special circumstances, in a separate room. A medical certificate or specialist’s report, etc. documenting the special needs must be submitted.

Equipment


Examples of adaptations of equipment include: 

- using a suitable chair

- using a height-adjustable desk

Form of examination


Students who cannot sit an examination with the ordinary form of assessment may apply for a change of the form of examination. An application must be submitted for each individual course. In such cases, the Joint Examination Service, which processes applications for adaptation of examinations, will ask the academic environment to provide an academic assessment of the application. 

Information to examiners


As part of the adaptation, the examiners can be informed of the reason that the student has been granted adaptation of the examination. Examples of this may be students who want the sensors to know that they have dyslexia, or in cases where the student has a writing assistant during the examination. If you have been granted adaptation measures and you would like the examiners to be informed of this, please contact us (you will find us under “Contact details” above). 

You will find the application form here. The applicant fills in part 1 and a doctor or other expert body fills in part 2. If you already have a medical certificate, you can ignore part 2. 

  1. Fill in the application form
  2. Go to eDialog and log in via the ID gateway
  3. Fill in the required information on the form.
  4. In the space for the title under “What are you sending?”, please enter “Application for adaptation of examination” and the name your faculty. 
  5. Upload your application and documentation from your doctor or specialist (if you are waiting for documentation, please mark in your application that you will provide this later, within three weeks. You can also forward the documentation from your doctor or specialist via eDialog). 
  6. Send your application.

 We would prefer that you use our application form, but you may also submit your application as a separate document in PDF format. If you do not use the form, please ensure we receive the information we need to process your application (full name, Norwegian national identity number, which adaptation measures you are applying for and for how long you are applying for adaptation). You must also attach a statement from your doctor/psychologist/speech therapist. 

A response to your application will be sent via:

  • your digital mailbox if you have one, or
  • ordinary post if you do not have a digital mailbox. Please remember to provide your address in the application form.

You will receive a quicker response if you have a digital mailbox.



Please contact us via the Self-service portal TOPdesk or via e-mail.

 You can also call us. Here is contact information: 

Tromsø: 

Line Gaare 

Gabriela Sirbu 

Vera Nyrud 

Alta:

Wenche-Lise Kristiansen

Hammerfest:

Irene Hægdahl 

Harstad:

Charles Hansen

Narvik:

Marit Bakkejord 



You will find the application form here. The applicant fills in part 1 and a doctor or other expert body fills in part 2. If you already have a medical certificate, you can ignore part 2. 

  1. Fill in the application form
  2. Go to eDialog and log in via the ID gateway
  3. Fill in the required information on the form.
  4. In the space for the title under “What are you sending?”, please enter “Application for adaptation of re-sit or re-scheduled examination” and the name your faculty. 
  5. Upload your application and documentation from your doctor or specialist (if you are waiting for documentation, please mark in your application that you will provide this later, within three weeks. You can also forward the documentation from your doctor or specialist via eDialog). 
  6. Send your application.

 We would prefer that you use our application form, but you may also submit your application as a separate document in PDF format. If you do not use the form, please ensure we receive the information we need to process your application (full name, Norwegian national identity number, which adaptation measures you are applying for and for how long you are applying for adaptation). You must also attach a statement from your doctor/psychologist/speech therapist. 

A response to your application will be sent via:

  • your digital mailbox if you have one, or
  • ordinary post if you do not have a digital mailbox. Please remember to provide your address in the application form.

You will receive a quicker response if you have a digital mailbox.



The quality and content of the documentation from the expert body is important for UiT to be able to make good assessments when processing applications. To achieve the best possible and fairest practice of the arrangements involving adapted examinations, we kindly ask that the expert body takes the following points into account:

  • The documentation must confirm the candidate’s state of health in the given examination situation. The documentation must explicitly specify the consequences the condition has for the implementation of the examination, including a description of the effects/side effects medications or other circumstances that may be of significance in the examination situation. 
  • The documentation must have been issued recently (unless it applies to physical disabilities of a permanent/lasting nature and obvious chronic disorders). 
  • The documentation must clearly state whether the condition is of a permanent/lasting or temporary nature. 
  • Documented asthma and allergies do not constitute an automatic right to adaptation during examinations. However, in serious or special circumstances, additional time may be granted to rest and/or take medication during the examination.
  • Learning disabilities: The documentation must be formulated in an especially detailed manner. The degree of learning disabilities must be described and the difficulties that the candidate will have during written and/or oral examinations must be specified. Such documentation cannot be older than from lower secondary school.
  • The documentation/certificate must be printed on original paper and be stamped and signed by the doctor. 
  • If the documentation states the doctor/expert body’s assessment of the measures required, decisive weight will not be attached to this assessment. It is the university’s responsibility to determine which measures are required/appropriate within the scope of the university’s regulatory provisions, academic considerations and the resources at the university’s disposal.


The application deadline for individual adaptation during an examination is 15 February in the spring semester and 15 September in the autumn semester for ordinary examinations.

The application deadline is 15 January and 15 August for re-scheduled and re-sit examinations. 

Dispensation from these deadlines is only granted in completely unique cases, and is regulated by § 16 of the regulations for studies and examinations at UiT. An application for a dispensation is submitted at the same place as an application for facilitation is submitted. Applications for dispensation received more than four weeks after the application deadline will not be processed.



Extra time is added to Wiseflow one week before the exam.

Extra time for home exams of several days, bachelor theses and master's theses are added to the flow no later than 1 week before the submission deadline.



For any enquiries concerning adaptation of conditions affecting everyday study, please contact the contact person at your faculty.

The Arctic University Museum of Norway and Academy of Fine Arts

Faculty of Health Sciences

Please contact us tilrettelegging@helsefak.uit.no

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education

Faculty of Science and Technology

Faculty of Bioscience, Fisheries and Economics

Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology

Research, Education and Communication Division

RESULT

  • Kontakt enheten, tlf. 77 64 65 58

Student Counselling Centre

Supported education

Student Welfare Organisation / Student Housing Office

Department of Property Management

The University Library

Student Parliament

  • Contact by phone on +47 92652333 / 77644589 or e-mail at au@sp.uit.no

Department of Information Technology



UiT’s Action plan for adaptation and accessibility 2017-2020 contains defined goals and actions for adaptation. A printed copy of this action plan is available by contacting the Research, Education and Communication Division or the contact at your unit.

The Learning Environment Committee is responsible for monitoring the university’s follow-up of the action plan.





There has been a change in the submission time for students who have been granted additional examination time for home exam with a duration of 3 days: The submission deadline is set at 9 am the day after ordinary submission.