What is a reasonable accommodation?

A reasonable accommodation provides a student with a disability an opportunity to benefit from a program in the most integrated setting possible; it does not mean the accommodation is required to produce identical results or achievement. Academic requirements the university has determined as essential to the program of instruction or to a directly related licensing requirement are not regarded as discriminatory.

The university is NOT obligated to provide accommodation when:

  • the student is not qualified;
  • the accommodation would result in a fundamental alteration of the course or program, or a change in the standards of the course or program;
  • the institution is being asked to provide a service of a personal nature (attendants, individually prescribed devices, etc.);
  • the accommodation would impose an undue financial or administrative burden on the university.

When an accommodation is determined to be appropriate and reasonable, North Central strives to find a flexible accommodation consistent with the documented need.

When should I begin to make arrangments for recieving accommodations?

Accommodations must be requested in a reasonable and timely manner, dependent upon the request. In general, The Student Success Center requests a two-week notice; some accommodations may require more lead-time (for example, text in alternative format or classroom change). It is best to register with the SSC as early in the semester as possible since accommodations are not retroactive.

What types of accommodations can I recieve?

The following are examples of possible academic accommodations that may be granted should the student provide adequate documentation. In order to obtain such accommodations, students must meet with the Director or Assistant Director of the Student Success Center for an individual consultation.

Accommodations are provided in accordance to each individual student's documented need, and are allocated on a case by case basis. The Student Success Center is available to assist students in locating and utilizing the resources available, which may include:

Low Vision

  • Seating near front of class
  • Text in alternative format
  • Class assignments made available in electronic format
  • Computer equipped to enlarge screen characters and images

Hearing Impairment

  • Note takers and/or audio-taped class sessions
  • Captioned films

Attention Deficit Disorder

  • Note takers
  • Extended time on exams
  • Testing in quiet environment

Mobility Impairment

  • Note taker
  • Classrooms, labs, and field trips in accessible locations
  • Adjustable tables; lab equipment located within reach
  • Class assignments made available in electronic format

Psychiatric Disability

  • Extra time on exams if medication side effects impair concentration