The following are considered typical accommodations in a university setting.  Please remember that educational goals and objectives differ for post-secondary education under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Therefore, students may receive accommodations in high school that cannot be provided in a university setting.  Unlike high school, in a university setting the institution is responsible for providing access, not ensuring success.

Assistive Technology

Some examples include: alternative text formats, assistive listening devices, and adaptive computer access.

Alternate Testing Site

A testing site provided by Disability Services with minimal distractions.

Classroom Furniture

Padded and flexible back chairs can be provided for student veterans who have injuries that make it difficult to sit for long periods of time.

Classroom Preferential Seating

Seats can be reserved for students who stay more focused sitting in a certain place during a lecture (e.g. front or back row, away from windows, close to door).

Advocating with Professors

The Coordinator can explain how to speak with professors about absences due to military orders and medical appointments as well as how to address other circumstances that may arise for student veterans in the classroom. 

Extended Quiz/Test Time

This is uninterrupted testing time that is typically 1.5x the time allotted on the quiz or test. If the test is 50 minutes, a person receiving 1.5x would have 75 minutes for the testing process.

Test Reader

The test proctor will read the test items as often as the student needs within the allotted test period. The proctor will only read the test and may not offer any clarification of the test.

Test Scribe

The test proctor writes or types what the student dictates are the answers to the test. The student is still responsible for any corrections to grammar, spelling and structure.

Note Taker/LiveScribe Pen

A Note Taker is typically a class mate contracted to provide notes to eligible students.  The student receiving notes must attend class and be actively engaged in the lecture. LiveScribe pens are available to eligible students. The LiveScribe Pen is an innovative device that records lectures, monitors your notes while you scribe and can upload to a laptop. It looks like a pen and notebook.

Alternative Textbooks

The following are the steps for accessing your Electronic Textbooks/ebooks: When purchasing your books from the NMU bookstore or an online site, please purchase the electronic format, if available. If not available, search the following sites:,, and Some sites may require disability documentation. Please contact the NMU Disability Services Office for additional assistance at (906)227-1737 or