NHCC values every student and is committed to providing equal access to college for all students. One way NHCC works to ensure equal access to education is through Access Services, which provides accommodations for students with documented disabilities.
Access Services staff are available to meet with you in person, by phone, Zoom (video call), or email. Please call or email Access Services to schedule your appointment.
Access Services is dedicated to ensuring equal access to the college for students with physical, learning, psychiatric, and other documented disabilities. Its role is to certify student eligibility for services, obtain and maintain disability-related documents, determine reasonable accommodations and develop plans to provide those services based on a students' individual needs. In addition, Access Services also supports and encourages student success, resolves disability-related student concerns and refers students with disabilities to appropriate resources as needed. North Hennepin also adheres to Minnesota State's Policy 1B.4 Access and Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities
Note: Receiving an accommodation does not change a student's responsibility to meet the classroom and academic standards of a course, nor does it change the essence of a program.
"I am very grateful to Access Services for helping me in the spring of 2020 … I would like partially blind, or completely blind students coming to North Hennepin, to know that the professors are accommodating and that there are truly nice and open people here."
Greg | Liberal Arts Student
Requesting Access Services
Students who require accommodation due to a disability need to apply for services through the Access Services Office. Any information shared is considered private information under state and federal law.
Submit an application for services to the Access Services Director. Be prepared to discuss your disability, impact, documentation, possible accommodations, and policies and procedures. Please plan ahead of your need as accommodations are not retroactive.
Submit documentation to support your accommodation requests. Acceptable sources of documentation for substantiating a disability and requests for particular accommodations can take a variety of forms. Approved accommodations are based on how the impairment limits the student's functioning on a day to day basis and in the academic setting. To substantiate a student's disability and requests for specific accommodations, acceptable documentation should be sent to us via Minnstate's Secure File Share. An active StarID and password are required.
Engage in a dialogue process with the Access Services Director to determine reasonable, appropriate, approved accommodations.
In certain circumstances, the Access Services Office permits the implementation of services during a grace period while the student pursues current documentation, which is not to exceed one term. In order to be eligible for a grace period, the student must meet with the Director of the Access Services office for a screening.
In addition, Access Services may provide temporary assistance to students requiring services due to a temporary medical condition affecting a student’s ability to participate in the educational process. Medical documentation verifying the temporary need may be required.
Location & Contact
Learning Resource Center (LRC) Rooms 162 & 166