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Advice and Guidance Special Needs

We provide all members of the University of St.Gallen with advice and guidance on disability and/or chronic illness, as well as on how stressful psychosocial situations impact health and well-being.

We are happy to discuss your questions and concerns at a personal meeting — whether you need information, would like to check your application for special needs arrangements (formal examination adjustments) or other adjustments, or have questions about access and infrastructure. If necessary, we also offer several counselling sessions so that you can study as successfully as possible with a disability or chronic illness. Consultations are free of charge and treated in the strictest confidence (principle of professional secrecy).

Advice for Students

Access Arrangements

Access arrangements are specific measures that are designed to offset the effects of a disability and/or chronic illness on programme-related activities (examinations). Individual examination adjustments serve to balance programme- and/or examination-related difficulties in order to ensure equal opportunities. The course content or basic programme or examination requirements may not be changed.

 

Adaptive Measures

Adaptive Measures include access arrangements that are implemented outside of examinations.  Such measures are designed to ensure equal opportunities for students suffering from mental, physical or chronic illnesses or experiencing extraordinary stress levels.

 

How can I apply for access arrangements or adaptive measures?

Sprechblase To apply for access arrangements or adaptive measures, you will need to arrange an initial consultation with the Special Needs Advice Centre. We recommend that you contact us as early as possible as initial clarification may take some time. The easiest way is to email us at specialneedsunisg.ch
Dokumente To submit an application, you will need to provide a valid evaluation of your health from a specialist physician. Medical evaluations must either meet the criteria in the Checklist or have been issued via the Assessment by Medical/Therapeutic Specialists provided by HSG. Ideally, you will provide us with these documents when you contact us. If you are applying for access arrangements due to dyslexia, please also note the Information for Students with Dyslexia.
Beratungsgespräch Consultations serve to assess your individual needs with you and to recommend formal adjustments based on both the medical specialist’s recommendation and the University’s regulations.
Taskforce

If extensive study and learning adjustments are needed, or if your disability and/or chronic illness is complex, we will refer your application to our Special Needs Task Force. It will consider additional programme-related aspects, discuss various solutions and decide on the further course of your studies. The Special Needs Advice Centre has an advisory function but no decision-making authority. We will consult the Special Needs Task Force only with your consent. Its members are bound to professional secrecy.

Members of the Special Needs Task Force:

  • Deputy Director Studies & Academic Affairs
  • Head of Competence Centre Planning & Examinations
  • Team Leader Examinations Team
  • Head of Dean’s Advisory Office
  • Head of Legal Services
  • Representative of Psychological Counselling Services
  • Representative of the Special Needs Advice Centre
  • If applicable, the HSG’s independent medical officer (to be consulted for medical examinations if required)
Antragstellung

If your application does not concern extensive programme adjustments or a complex situation, you may apply for access arrangements directly via the online form on Compass (Step 4 does not apply in this case). If your application first needs to be reviewed by the Special Needs Task Force, you may only submit your application online in Compass following the Task Force’s decision.

If you have applied for access arrangements, you will receive a written decision from the Competence Centre Planning & Examinations. The document specifies the access arrangements and the period of validity. If you have applied for adaptive measures, you may be notified by the Dean’s Advisory Office.

Umsetzung der Massnahmen

Access arrangements are implemented based on the University’s notification, which you will receive after submitting your application:

  • Central examinations: Implementation by the Competence Centre Planning & Examinations.
  • Decentralised examinations: Implementation by those responsible for the examinations. The students themselves inform the lecturers responsible for the examinations at least two weeks prior to the examination by e-mail (the notification attached and specialneedsunisg.ch and nachteilsausgleichunisg.ch in copy).
  • Selection procedure: Implementation by the Competence Centre Planning & Examinations.
  • Integration week: Implementation by those responsible for the integration week.
  • Special Needs Task Force Decisions concerning the organisation of studies (adaptive measures): Implementation via the Dean's Advisory Office.

If you are applying for access arrangements, please observe the deadlines listed below. Please contact us well in advance to arrange a consultation.

Adaptive measures are not bound to any deadlines.

You can also find all the information on access arrangements/ adaptive measures in the factsheet.

Examination

Examination Date

Application Deadline

Selection Procedure

CW 07
CW 23

Friday CW 02
Friday CW 18

Integration Week

CW 22
CW 36

Friday CW 17
Friday CW 32

Decentral Examinations

See Faculty Decision

Wednesday CW 46 (AS)
Wednesday CW 16 (SS)

Central Examinations

See Examination Schedule

Wednesday CW 46 (AS)
Wednesday CW 16 (SS)

Accounting Examination

January
March
June

Wednesday CW 46
Friday CW 09
Wednesday CW 16

 

AS= autumn semester, SS= spring semester

Document Download Students

At the moment, our documents are still being revised with regard to accessibility. If you are unable to access a document or process the information, please contact us at specialneedsunisg.ch.

Factsheet Access Arrangements/Adaptive Measures

Assessment by Medical Specialists

Checklist Requirements for Medical Evaluations

Information for Students with Dyslexia

Selection Procedure at the University of St.Gallen

Integration Week at the University of St.Gallen

Advice for lecturers and staff

We advise and support HSG staff with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. We endeavour to create an inclusive working environment that enables all members of the University of St.Gallen to participate equally in its affairs. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about workplace design, disability aids or building accessibility.

We also support lecturers and faculty members on disability and inclusion. To make our University as barrier-free as possible for all its members, it is particularly important to eliminate any obstacles potentially impairing access. The Checklist Accessible Teaching is intended to help you with implementation. If you have specific questions about lesson design/organisation or require general advice on conducting barrier-free events, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The fact sheets listed below have been designed to enable accessible teaching and learning; they also include general disability advice and information. Please note that those documents are only available in German:

 

The Information Sheet on Electronic Accessibility also offers guidance on ensuring e-accessibility. If you wish to create barrier-free PDFs, we suggest using PAVE, a tool designed by the ICT Accessibility Lab at ZHAW School of Engineering. Training for accessible teaching is available on Canvas. See also the Teaching Innovation Lab’s blog post on accessible teaching.

Document Download Lecturers

At the moment, our documents are still being revised with regard to accessibility. If you are unable to access a document or process the information, please contact us at specialneedsunisg.ch.

Checklist Accessible Teaching

Information Electronic Accessibility

Studying with AD(H)D

Studying with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Studying with Hearing Impairment

Studying with Dyslexia

Studying with Mobility Impairment

Studying with Psychological Impairment

Studying with Vision Impairment

Contact Details

Anja Thunemann

Leiterin Prozesse, Planung, Prüfungen

Kompetenzcenter Planung & Prüfungen
Büro 02-U121
Dufourstrasse 50
9000 St. Gallen

Bernadette Einsmann

Mag. Art.
Dean's Advisory Office
Büro 05-U105
Varnbüelstrasse 16
9000 St. Gallen

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