Disability Support

Christopher Newport University uses a decentralized support system to provide reasonable accommodations to make education accessible to students with qualified disabilities.

In order to determine needs and provide the best services possible, you must submit documentation concerning your disability. This documentation must normally be no more than three years old, but this can vary depending on the circumstances of each case.

You must provide the documentation in writing from a qualified professional source. It should include the nature of the disability and suggestions for possible accommodations to enhance student access in the programs and activities of the university. Sufficient documentation may include:

  • Clearly stated diagnosed disability
  • Description of functional limitations resulting from disability
  • Complete educational, developmental and medical history relevant to disability for which accommodations are being requested
  • Tests (instruments) used with scores/subset scores
  • Description of accommodation(s) requested
  • Adequate support for each accommodation request
  • Official letterhead from qualified evaluator

504 plans, IEPs and doctor notes are insufficient forms of documentation. Evaluations that created the 504 plan or IEP may be provided if done within the last three years.

Submit all documentation to the Office of Student Affairs in the David Student Union 3127, by email dosa@cnu.edu or fax (757) 594–8439.

While CNU does not provide diagnostic testing for students, we can refer students to local evaluation professionals. You may also seek these tests through your qualified school staff professionals and professionals in their hometown. Testing and evaluations take time so please plan accordingly.

Evaluation information concerning a student’s disability is private. Such information will be provided to instructional or staff members only when they have a legitimate need to know.

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