Absences and accommodations

Everyone will experience some form of illness or injury in their lifetime. Occasionally, an illness or injury is severe enough to impact your abilities, daily activities, and work experiences. When this happens, the University of Waterloo is committed to making every reasonable effort to assist all employees who require accommodations for disabilities in the workplace. This includes active students who may be employed by the University during their studies, including teaching or research assistantships, sessional instruction, post-doctoral fellowships, and other employment arrangements.

This approach is consistent with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). The Disability Accommodation Guidelines (.pdf) document outlines employee and manager responsibilities and the process involved with requests. Faculty members may contact FAUW's AF&T Committee to review the process.

The Disability Management Guide (.pdf) will provide a summary of your sick leave and long-term disability benefits as well as:

  • an overview of the sick leave and long-term disability processes,
  • roles and responsibilities, and
  • additional information and resources.

Forms and links

Your Disability Management Team contacts