National Louis University is committed to building an inclusive university community that welcomes, values, respects and accommodates students from diverse backgrounds and abilities.
We work hard to ensure that all facilities and programs are fully accessible for all students regardless of disabling condition. If you are in need of physical or learning assistance, we want you to feel at home at NLU.
For additional information, faculty can also view the Faculty Guide for Supporting Full Access for All Students.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973), NLU strives to ensure academic access through a variety of means including, but not limited to the following:
Extended time to complete admissions assessments or course exams that are required to be completed within a specified timeframe. Testing accommodations are approved for students who may be impacted by visual or processing deficits. Typically, students will be approved for extended time for those exams that are governed by a defined time limit.
If a student has been approved for a separate, reduced distraction environment for testing, this service can be fulfilled with the assistance of Library & Learning Support. Students initiate the process by arranging for a date and time with Library & Learning Support, and the professor follows up by sending a Testing Requests Procedures Form indicating the parameters for the exam to the Learning Support Specialist for ADA access services to email@example.com. Faculty can find this form attached to the student’s Faculty Memo of Approved Accommodations which is sent via NLU email at or near the beginning of the term.
Note-taking assistance is needed for students with physical dexterity or mental processing deficits. This service can be accomplished by another student in the class who would provide a copy of his/her class notes to the student with the need after each class session. Please see the Note-Taking Assistance Form below.
Students with print-related disabilities are entitled to the same access to their textbooks and other required print material as their fellow non-disabled students. As such, NLU has partnered with a number of outlets that provide this material in an alternate format for these students.
For classes that meet in person, ASL interpreting services are provided as an accommodation for students who are deaf/hard of hearing when the hearing loss significantly impacts the student’s ability to access the learning environment. The Learning Support Specialist for ADA access services coordinates such services.
An accessibility workstation is available during library hours at our Chicago, North Shore, Wheeling, and Lisle campus libraries. The workstation includes an electronic lift table, an all-in-one computer, and a text-to-speech accessibility scanner/book reader with optical character recognition capability. View a video tutorial to learn more about using the accessibility workstation (YouTube Video).
For all academic accommodation requests, students can contact Peter Ploegman, Library & Learning Support Specialist, by phone at 312-261-3329 or x3329 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.