As most of my readers know, I completed my Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing at Victoria University (VU) in 2014. (I’m going back in 2017 to begin the swiss-army-knife of all degrees, An Arts Degree!) There is no Fragrance Free Policy in place at this time as far as I know. However, I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before there is one protecting those of us who suffer respiratory issues with chemical irritants from fragrance, aerosols and solvents.
But for now, VU does a great job at including those of us who have allergies and sensitivities.
I’ve heard feedback from other students at VU who have said how pleasant it is to be able to learn in an environment where there is clean air; and I’ve heard from students and staff who have milder allergies to perfumes (and skin conditions that get inflamed from aerosol solvents in the air) but have not wanted to speak up, and these kind people have thanked me for doing so, which is so lovely to hear! (Whew! I was starting to feel like a troublemaker there, just for a second.) Trust me, if I didn’t suffer the symptoms that I do, I wouldn’t bother registering with Victoria University Disability Services (VUDS) and working out an ‘Access Plan [yes, I promised I would post information this, and I will as soon as I can]’ so that I can go to classes, sit tests and access my work and materials the same as other students: if I didn’t have this medical condition, I’d just go to class like everyone else.
Below is a list of Schools, Colleges, and Universities that do have them in place. These are all in the US and Canada, which is where some staff at VU sourced information helping me get through classes. Hopefully, my learning place of choice, my beloved Victoria University in Australia, will be on this list one day. Until then, I’ll just be grateful for the accomodations they do make for students such as myself; and, totally!, be grateful for the ‘No ‘Smoking on Campus’ policies that are being implemented in all Australian Universities.
The following list is from Dr Anne Steinemann. You can find out about other institutions who also have fragrance free polices in place here.
Schools, Colleges, and Universities
Portland State University, Portland, OR
Minnesota Schools H.F. No. 2148, as introduced – 85th Legislative Session (2007-2008) Fragrance Free Schools Pilot, Minnesota House of Representatives
North Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA
Bastr University, Kenmore, WA
Challenge Charter School, Glendale, AZ
Arthouse Preschool, Waunakee, WI
Cecil College, North East, MD
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS, Canada
New Brunswick Board of Education, School District 8, Saint John, NB, Canada
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
Dr Anne Seinemann’s Resources
Going to School with MCS in Australia: Imagine How This Feels