The Office of Disability Services (ODS) will assist Northern State University in creating an institutional climate in which students with disabilities can thrive. Students will receive appropriate services without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, gender or disability. Students will view the ODS as a strong resource for disability awareness, advocacy and student development. ODS staff are strong proponents of equal access for all.
The mission of the Office of Disability Services is to provide equal access to university programs, as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The ODS coordinates academic support services, advocates for students with disabilities and promotes student development and self-advocacy while serving as a resource on disability awareness and accommodations
Admissions and Enrollment
The number of persons with disabilities who may be admitted or enrolled will not be limited solely based on disability. Inquiries as to whether applicants for admission/registration are disabled are unlawful. Confidential post-admission inquiries regarding disabilities that may require accommodation are permissible.
Committee Review of Accommodations
At the discretion of the director for the Office of Disability Services, and with the written consent of the student, an ad hoc panel may be convened to review the student's records and advise as to appropriate accommodations. This information will be considered confidential and may not be released to anyone else without written consent of the student.
The policy of Northern State University is to:
- Comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990
- Ensure that no qualified person will, solely because of disability, be denied access to participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by or at Northern State University
- Define disability status according to the definitions used by the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990
- Offer educational opportunities, programs, and activities to each person who has met academic and technical standards for admission to Northern State University
- Provide the most integrated setting possible for all students
- Make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities; such accommodations must not fundamentally alter the nature of university programs or cause undue financial or administrative burden, and
- Make reasonable accommodations that can be provided without lowering academic or other essential performance standards