Americans with Disabilities Act Policy

NAU strives to make its programs and facilities accessible to all individuals, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The goal of the university is to create and maintain an environment in which students may achieve their fullest potential, limited to the least extent possible by individual disabilities.


Recognized disabilities include physical and mental impairments that substantially limit one or more of the major life activities, including walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, learning, breathing, working, taking care of oneself, and performing manual tasks. A temporary medical condition may also qualify as a disability. Examples of temporary disabilities include broken bones, other injuries, and short-term impairments following surgery or medical treatments.

A student is not required to disclose a disability. However, to be considered for an accommodation, a student must submit a request as explained below.

Reasonable Accommodations

A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, activity, or facility that enables a qualified student with a disability to have an equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or enjoy equal benefits and privileges available to students without disabilities. The accommodation sought must be related to the student’s disability and cannot require the university to fundamentally alter programs or services, lower standards, or provide anything "overly burdensome." Students with disabilities are not automatically entitled to the accommodation they may prefer or have received in other educational settings.

While NAU desires that all students achieve academic success, it does not guarantee success in its offerings and activities. A student must possess the mental capabilities needed to participate in the university’s academic programs and be "otherwise qualified" to meet the academic requirements of the university. A disability may not be so profound that, even with accommodations, the student is unable to perform basic requirements such as analytical reasoning or writing. Students taking online courses or courses with online components must possess the minimum computer skills and software that are required to successfully attend and complete the course. Accommodations will not be provided for the remediation of these basic skills and software.

Requesting an Accommodation

All inquiries and requests for accommodation should be submitted to the provost, who serves as a resource for students with disabilities, verifies and maintains documentation, considers accommodation requests, and determines reasonable accommodations.



National American University

PO Box 677

Rapid City, SD 57709

Telephone: (605) 394-5098 Fax: (605) 721-5241

To request an accommodation:

Step 1 –

Contact the appropriate student services advisor and request an ADA Accommodation Request Form:  for undergraduate, master's, and HPSSS students contact a student services advisor, for EdD students contact the vice president and dean.

Step 2 –

Submit a completed ADA Accommodation Request Form and all required documentation to the student services advisor no less than three weeks prior to the beginning of classes, or when a disability becomes known. Required documentation includes the following, provided by a licensed professional:

  • A clear statement of the diagnosed disability;
  • A description of the functional limitations resulting from the disability as they pertain to the educational environment;
  • The duration of the disability; and
  • The recommended accommodation(s).

If a student requests an accommodation for a disability relating to learning or attention difficulties, comprehensive and diagnostic testing may be required, at the student's expense.

The provost will review the request and supporting documentation and will communicate with the student and other persons as appropriate.

If the provost determines that an accommodation is warranted, the student will receive an ADA Student Accommodation Agreement, indicating the accommodation has been granted. Accommodations will not be applied retroactively.

Step 3 –

Provide each instructor with a copy of the ADA Student Accommodation Agreement, obtain the instructor’s signature, and deliver the signed Agreement(s) to the student services advisor.  Students need to contact prior to the start of each academic term so that the accommodations may be implemented in the online classes.

The student can contact the student services advisor if an accommodation is not effectively implemented, not granted, to have the matter reconsidered, or with any questions. While it is hoped that any concerns can be resolved within the university process, the student may also contact the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.