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CODE OF PRACTICE RELATING TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES/ CONDITIONS

CODE OF PRACTICE RELATING TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES/ CONDITIONS

The UZ aims to provide students with disabilities and conditions with the opportunity to realise their individual capabilities for physical, social, emotional and intellectual development through full participation in University activities. In attaining this goal the University aims to provide special services to students with disabilities in such a manner that respects and promotes human diginity, rights and opportunities. The University recognises its obligation to provide a safe physical environment in which students with disabilities and conditions can undertake their studies.

Admission of students with disabilities and conditions

Students with disabilities and conditions are encouraged to seek admission to the University of Zimbabwe. Admission may occur through the routes that already exist in the University i.e. through standard, special or affirmative criteria.The University will only refuse a student a place on the grounds of their disability/condition where:

  • the content, structure or delivery of the chosen course of study is such that the student would be prevented horn fulfilling a major port of the requirements of the course and the University is unable to provide suitable staff or facilities to allow the requirement to be met or
  • the chosen course of study leads to a professional qualification and the relevant professional body has regulations which would preclude membership by persons with particular disability/condition.

No applicant be refused a place at the University on grounds of disability alone before an opportunity has been provided for full consideration of the specific support or facilities required. Any decision to refuse a place to otherwise suitably qualified candidate will be subject to ratification by a committee chaired by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zimbabw.

Affirmative Action to Students with a disability/condition

Though minimum standards of entry into a course at the University will be followed, special consideration will be given to students with disabilities as a result of impairments for admission to courses of their choice provided they have the minimum requirements at ”0” level and ”A” level. Such students may be admitted to courses if they have points less than the usual cutoff points required for the course for that year.

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