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 NKU Student Accessibility Services preferably prior to the start of the semester or as soon as the disability becomes known.
Steps for requesting accommodations with Student Accessibility Services are as follows:
Student Accessibility Services employs an interactive process with each student who chooses to register with our office. The process involves student self-report, a Student Accessibility Services 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.
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 Student Accessibility Services, generally within 5 business days of receipt, the student is invited to participate in an intake interview with Student Accessibility Services. Whenever possible, the intake interview should be in person. However, alternative arrangements can be made to establish contact with the Student Accessibility Services 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 a Student Accessibility Services 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 Student Accessibility Services 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 Counseling Services.