Disability Support Service (DSS)
NOVA serves a large population of students who receive disability-related accommodations. Among those students are individuals attending classes on-campus as well as online, students actively involved in campus organizations and leadership positions, community activities and job responsibilities.
NOVA is committed to insuring all students have an opportunity to pursue a college education regardless of the presence or absence of a disability. NOVA will make reasonable accommodations in providing course, program and building modification, and/or auxiliary aids and services in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. No academically qualified student with a disability shall be denied access to or participation in the services, programs and activities of the College.
Learn about what you and your child can expect as he/she transitions from high school to college in the Parent's Welcome Letter.
Accessible parking spaces are available on each NOVA campus. Please contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain a permit.
VPT English and VPT Math are untimed. If you have other needs that require academic accommodations for a placement test at NOVA, please complete the processes described below for requesting accommodations PRIOR to taking your placement test. To ensure timely implementation of accommodations students are expected to request accommodations at least three weeks in advance, particularly during peak registration times. Peak times are during July-August and December-January.
Request for Math Substitution
NOVA rarely grants a substitution in transfer (AA/AS) degrees for the math requirement for many reasons (there is more flexibility in AAS/AAA degrees because the minimum degree requirements state that a student must have math or science and it’s up to the faculty to decide which is more appropriate for a particular curriculum in those degrees).
First, NOVA’s minimum degree requirements include math because they reflect both SACS and VCCS standards. When senior institutions consider NOVA students for transfer, they assume the integrity of our degrees because NOVA has made that promise to them, both in policy and in practice.
Second, many of the senior institutions won’t accept NOVA’s graduates without math. George Mason has been very specific about this. No math equals no admission, regardless of the reason. Failure to meet NOVA’s degree requirements voids the guaranteed admission agreement for those students.
Finally, even though NOVA understands that many students have been exempted from math in the K-12 system, when we review the psychoeducational evaluations, we often see that the evaluator said that "math will be difficult for the student and that s/he will need additional support". NOVA can provide that support through tutoring, math centers and reasonable accommodations. Also, many evaluators report that the student is unable to do higher-level math. MTH 151-152 is not classified as higher-level math, and that is the required sequence in many transfer degrees. Where higher-level math is required, it's an essential element of the curriculum (such as engineering or computer science), and no substitution is possible.
Students can petition for a substitution and the committee will consider the request carefully based on each student’s individual needs. Students must provide supporting documents, including current psychoeducational evaluations, that clearly outline a math disability with recommended accommodations.
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities.
Northern Virginia Community College makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you need an accommodation to attend a NOVA event, submit your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.