Please review this page to find answers to commonly asked questions about disability services at Northern Vermont University. If you can't find the answer to your question here, please contact the coodinator of disability services on your campus: Michele.Feiner@NorthernVermont.edu at the NVU-Johnson campus or Mary.Etter@NorthernVermont.edu on the NVU-Lyndon campus.
The law requires that no (otherwise) qualified person with a disability shall be denied a benefit or opportunity or excluded from participation in higher education solely on the basis of that disability. An individual with a disability is qualified if, with or without reasonable accommodation, the individual can meet the same eligibility requirements and standards of behavior and performance demanded of anyone else.
In some instances, an individual with a disability may need no accommodation to fully meet the eligibility criteria and standards required for inclusion. In some instances, the individual with a disability may meet the criteria and standards provided that a reasonable accommodation is provided or a modification is made. In some instances, an individual with a disability may be able to meet the eligibility criteria or standards only if an accommodation is made that goes beyond what is “reasonable.” In these instances, the person with a disability is not otherwise qualified and it is not discriminatory to exclude them from the benefit or opportunity.
In the context of higher education, it is easier to define when a requested accommodation is not reasonable. There are three kinds of accommodations that are not considered reasonable:
- It is not a reasonable accommodation if making the accommodation or allowing participation poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
- It is not a reasonable accommodation if making the accommodation means making a substantial change in an essential element of the curriculum (educational viewpoint) or a substantial alteration in the manner in which educational services are provided.
- It is not a reasonable accommodation if it poses an undue financial or administrative burden on the institution.