Academic Accommodations

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.

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.

Alternate Testing Site

A testing site provided by Disability Services with minimal distractions.

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.

Assistive Technology

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

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