UVic looks to include STEPS Forward students in convocation


WATCH: After a University of Victoria student with autism was told he can’t attend graduation, UVic’s convocation committee is recommending STEPS Forward students be included

An update now on a story we brought you Wednesday about a University of Victoria student with autism who was told he couldn’t take part in graduation ceremonies.

The University of Victoria’s convocation committee is recommending that STEPS Forward students be included.

Nathan Bodie’s been studying political science and social justice for the last five years as part of the STEPS Forward program for people developmental disabilities.

But because his courses aren’t for credit and go to a certificate of completion instead, he wasn’t allowed to take part in graduation ceremonies.

UVic now says it’s convocation committee is recommending STEPS Forward students who’ve complete their studies be included. The committee made the recommendation March 20, but the university did not provide that information when asked March 29.

The university senate will vote on the proposal April 7th.

Here’s a link to our first story on Nathan Bodie and his fight to be included.

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