Disability Services

It is the policy of MVNU that no qualified persons with disabilities shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any of its programs or activities. Any qualified student who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and/or working, can receive assistance at MVNU as provided in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and in the applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The office of Academic Support serves as the campus contact for any disability related needs that students may have. Below is a brief overview of Disability Services and a description of the steps that students follow in order to use these services. More comprehensive information is provided at the following web address: http://www.mvnu.edu/academic/services/dservices.asp

1. Send the documentation of the disability to the office of Academic Support

  • A. Students who request special academic services and/or reasonable accommodations for a disability must submit current documentation of disability to the office of Academic Support from a qualified professional, such as a licensed counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, or physician. The documentation should contain the following:

    • Date(s) of Evaluation
    • Diagnosis
    • Reference to the types of evaluation procedures utilized
    • Evaluation results and/or test scores (as appropriate)
    • Limitations of student functioning (especially as related to the higher education environment)
    • Recommendations for accommodations, which are helpful in assisting institutional personnel in determining appropriate and necessary support
    • An accurate and current picture of how the disability impacts the student at the present time, and thus in most cases, the documentation should be less than three years old
  • B. When the documentation arrives, the Assignment of Accommodations form is filled out by the Academic Support office and placed in the studentís file. This form specifies the reasonable accommodations that will be provided for the student by MVNU while enrolled as a student.

  • C. Education Majors who desire to take the standardized Praxis Series tests with accommodations (1) must complete the appropriate request forms in the office of Academic Support, (2) must complete the appropriate application forms provided by the Educational Testing Services (ETS), and (3) ensure that MVNU receives in a timely manner the required documentation that complies with ETS standards.

2. Self-Advocacy is an important part of the process to receive special services and reasonable accommodations.

  • A. In order to receive accommodations, the student must personally request specific services each semester. Services are not provided for a student automatically, without a request, even though the documentation is on file. To access accommodations, the student comes to the office of Academic Support and fills out the respective forms. The Academic Support staff work together with students to ensure that accommodations are successfully accessed in each course as applicable.

  • B. Students who qualify for, and request, Textbooks on Tape are encouraged to complete the appropriate forms at least three weeks before the semester begins in order to assure access of this service in a timely fashion. The Textbooks on Tape forms describe the process and policies for effective access to this accommodation in detail.

  • C. Students who qualify for a note taker or alternative testing must compete the appropriate forms prior to receiving services. Students are encouraged to fill these forms out the day before classes begin each term. These forms describe the process and policies for effective access to these accommodations in detail.

  • D. Peer Instruction is available for all students on the main campus in the traditional undergraduate programs, at the request of the student. Peer Instructors provide assistance in subject matter, as well as study strategies and time management. Students with disabilities are encouraged to use Peer Instruction. Students in the nontraditional and graduate programs follow the procedures for this type of assistance as outlined by those programs.

  • E. Supplemental Institution (SI) is also available to all students in the traditional undergraduate programs who are enrolled in the courses with SI as a component of the course. Students with disabilities are encouraged to attend SI sessions during the week.

Send Documentation to:

Dr. Brad Whitaker
Director of Academic Support
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
800 Martinsburg Road
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050-9500
(740) 297-9000 ext. 4281
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