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The Office for Student Accessibility (previously named Disability Services) will continue to work with students to support you and ensure that you receive your approved accommodations. If you are concerned about any of your accommodations as they apply to online learning, please contact the Office for Student Accessibility.  During these unprecedented times, we appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work to ensure the continued provision of accommodations.

Fall 2020 Students:

Academic accommodation requests for incoming freshman and transfer students starting Fall 2020 will be reviewed starting the week of May 18th, 2020.  Anything submitted prior to that date will be held for review until May 18th

How to Register 

Any current and admitted NKU student with a disability and those who have reason to believe they may need accommodations, is asked to initiate contact and self-identify to the NKU Office for Student Accessibility (OSA) preferably prior to the start of the semester or as soon as the disability becomes known.

Steps for requesting accommodations with the OSA are as follows:

  • Complete the online OSA New Student Application.   
  • At the end of the application, upload current and appropriate disability-related documentation.
  • Once an application has been submitted, an OSA staff member will contact you to schedule an intake appointment or to request additional information. 
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OSA employs an interactive process with each student who chooses to register with our office.  The process involves student self-report, an OSA specialist's observation and interaction, and information from external sources (e.g. documentation from a treating provider). All of the aforementioned help us determine a student's eligibility for accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Students can register with varying disabilities.  We work collaboratively with each student on a case-by-case basis in order to determine eligibility and provide reasonable accommodations.  NKU follows guidance from the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) best practices for documenting disabilities, documentation review and accommodation approval.

  • Information from Third Parties- Documentation from external sources may consist of educational and/or medical records as well as assessments and reports from health care professionals, school psychologists, and other educational providers.  The relevance and value of this documentation will be based on the credentials of the provider, level of detail in the report, the context in which it was written, and comprehensiveness of the narrative.  For further instructions on documentation requirements, the documents below can be used to help guide you through the process.

NOTE: Emotional support animal requests generally require a specific form to be completed by the student's treating provider. The form can be found below.


Our disability professionals typically ask that if you have documentation you submit it as a first step so that we can be more equipped for our interview with you.  Once the application and documentation have been received and reviewed by OSA, generally within 5 business days of receipt, the student is invited to participate in an intake interview with OSA. Whenever possible, the intake interview should be in person.  However, alternative arrangements can be made to establish contact with the OSA office as soon as possible after you make the decision to enroll at NKU.  If you do not have documentation, please come in and meet with an OSA staff member so we can have an interactive conversation together.  

Planning for reasonable accommodations is an important step for a smooth transition to college.  Reasonable accommodations are provided at no expense to the student and are based upon the individual student’s need and provided documentation.  Reasonable accommodations will be discussed with an OSA staff member.

Other universities and companies that administer entrance/qualifying exams (e.g. ETS, GRE, LSAT) may require more extensive documentation if you are seeking accommodations similar to those you have in place at NKU.  We suggest that you research their requirements well in advance of requesting accommodations.

For more information on testing offered at NKU and associated costs, please visit Health, Counseling and Student Wellness.