Information and useful links for lecturers

If you have students with disabilities or chronic illnesses in your courses, there are various ways to ensure barrier-free access to studies, depending on the type of disability or illness. The following tips should help you facilitate student access to your course.

Check the lecture room directory for accessibility:

  • Is my lecture hall wheelchair accessible?
  • Is there a handicapped restroom available?
  • Is there an induction system for students with hearing disabilities?

If rooms are reserved early, indicating the disability, the lecture room administration can arrange for an appropriate lecture room to be allocated in good time.

The central learning platform of the University of Bern ILIAS already complies very well with the accessibility standards and is therefore open to students with disabilities. But are the posted PDF documents actually accessible? Make sure that the documents you create are accessible.

Students with disabilities or chronic illnesses have the right to Access Arrangements. Students with disabilities or chronic illnesses must apply with a doctor's certificate to the responsible office of the faculty/institute. The request will be reviewed there, and a decision will be made. Students receive a written confirmation. This must be used to implement the Access Arrangements.

  • The use of aids or personal assistance must not be made more difficult. The Disability Insurance usually takes over the financing of aids.
  • Study and examination situations must be adapted to the specific needs of students with disabilities or chronic illnesses.
  • Compensation for disadvantages should not only be granted for examinations and assessments leading to graduation, but also for learning situations during studies.

For more information about specific types of disabilities, please see the fact sheets.