North Central University is committed to providing optimal educational opportunities for all students, including those enrolled or admitted who have disabilities and qualify under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
What is a disability?
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a person with a disability is any person who:
- has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities [including walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working]
- has a record of such an impairment,
- or is regarded as having such an impairment.
What are some disabilities accommodated through the SSC based on ADA law?
Disabilities covered by legislation include (but are not limited to) AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes, epilepsy, brain injuries, hearing impairments, specific learning disabilities, loss of limbs, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, psychiatric disorders, speech impairments, spinal cord injuries, and visual impairments.
How do students become registered with the SSC?
First, students must be admitted to North Central University. Then students must make an appointment to see the Director or Assistant Director of the SSC for an intake interview and at that time present documentation of their disability. This documentation may be from an appropriate professional, such as a psychologist, learning disabilities specialist, or medical doctor (if the disability is health related) and must be dated no more than three years prior to enrollment at North Central. Documentation must include how the disability impacts the student, along with recommendations for accommodating the student in the university setting.
North Central University does not provide diagnostic services, thus the following guidelines have been provided to assist students in obtaining the correct documentation.
Once students have presented documentation of their disability along with having a staff consultation, a variety of accommodations may be provided which are determined on a case-by-case basis.
When should I begin to make arrangements for receiving accommodations through the SSC?
Accommodations must be requested in a reasonable and timely manner, dependent upon the request. In general, the SSC 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.
Can NCU charge for providing academic accommodations?
The university may not charge students for necessary accommodations.
What are examples of reasonable accommodations that are provided by the SSC to students with disabilities?
- Alternative testing that may include extended time or writing assistance
- Note taking or recording of lectures
- Organization or time management assistance
- Adjustable tables or custom chairs
- Books on tape
- Assistive technology
- Other reasonable accommodations
What other services does NCU provide?
It is our goal at North Central to assist students in maximizing their independence and self-advocacy skills to the fullest extent possible within the standards of the university. It is therefore important that students with disabilities to take responsibility for their condition and make them known to the Student Success Center early in their college career. All disclosures of disabilities are governed by strict confidentiality guidelines and therefore our services are not solicited to students, nor are students asked if they have a disability. However, these are some of the services available to such students should they chose to make their needs known:
- Individual consultation and counseling
- Assistance in accessing additional campus resources
- Assistance in fostering the growth of self-advocacy skills in order that students may advocate for their disability-related needs and become independent learners.
- A community of support as the student navigates through North Central University.
What kinds of services are not provided by the SSC?
- Individually prescribed devices
Must the SSC provide students all the accommodations and auxiliary aids they request?
North Central University is not required to provide academic adjustments or aids that would fundamentally alter the nature of a program or the academic requirements that are considered essential to a program of study or to meet licensing requirements.