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Accommodations at Northern

Reasonable accommodations will be made, as necessary, to prevent discrimination against qualified applicants or students with disabilities.  These accommodations may not affect the substance of the educational programs or compromise educational standards.  However, they should be designed to provide the student with a disability with an opportunity comparable to that of any other student to participate successfully in university programs. 

Reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to: 
  • Alternative testing (extended time, quiet testing location)
  • Accessible classroom/location/furniture
  • Advance notice of assignments
  • Alternative ways of completing assignments (e.g., oral presentation versus written paper)
  • Assistive computer technology
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Auxiliary aids and services (note-takers, lab or library assistants, readers, scribes)
  • Captions for film and video material
  • Course or program modifications
  • Document conversion (alternative print format: braille, large print, tape, electronic, raised lettering)
  • Early syllabus
  • Financial aid accommodations
  • Priority registration
  • Academic advising
  • Referral services to campus, community, and state agencies
  • Learning disabilities consultation and strategy instruction
  • Taped lectures 
  • Flexible attendance policy (for medical purposes)
Accommodation criteria 
  • Students with disabilities who require accommodation must seek assistance from the Office of Disability Services in a timely manner, usually prior to the start of classes or as soon as a disability becomes known. Those who desire an admissions modification must request it on the application form.
    Students with disabilities must cooperate to provide documentation of their disability and how it limits their participation in courses, programs, services, jobs, activities and facilities at the University.
    The Office of Disability Services will file official documentation of the disability, including information about the manifestations of the disability.



  • The Office of Disability Services will ensure that disability-related documents are kept confidential and shared only with NSU personnel on a limited and need-to-know basis.



  • The Office of Disability Services and the student with a disability will discuss the interaction between the disability and the academic environment and determine the reasonable accommodations. Consultation with faculty, staff, and outside professionals regarding essential elements and reasonable accommodations will occur in situations that are new, complex or sensitive.


  • In cases where a determination of disability is reached, the Office of Disability Services will write individualized letters to faculty members certifying that the student is eligible for assistance through the Office of Disability Services by reason of a documented disability..



  • Students with disabilities will be responsible for contacting the Office of Disability Services if reasonable accommodations are not implemented in an effective or timely way. The Office of Disability Services will work with NSU personnel and students with disabilities to resolve disagreements regarding recommended accommodations.



  • Students with disabilities who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of the disability may file a grievance with the Affirmative Action office in Room 213 of Krikac Administrative Building or the Student Affairs office in Student Center 222. 


It can take some time to apply for accommodations based on a student's disability.  Delay on the part of the student in seeking accommodations or in meeting required conditions may result in limitations on the ability of the University to provide reasonable accommodations.