OUSA members respond to YorkU’s recent mental health policy change

January 22, 2016

York University’s recent policy change permitting students to not disclose health diagnoses when applying for academic accommodations is a change that “simply reflects the law,” write Danielle Pierre and Jasmine Irwin of OUSA in response to a recent editorial. The authors emphasize the new policy’s requirement to have students’ functional limitation confirmed by a recognized health care provider, before discussing the positive changes that the policy enacts for students. On top of the practical benefits of responding to specific limitations instead of broad diagnoses, they argue that the policy change shows respect to students by enabling their autonomy and personal privacy: “All students should be given the choice as to whether or not, and to whom, they disclose private medical information.” OUSA