Students receiving services through DSPS must be enrolled at NVC and must have a chronic disabling condition that has been verified by an appropriate professional. The students disabling condition must limit one or more major life activities, and that imposes an "educational limitation." An educational limitation is a disability related functional limitation in the educational setting that occurs when the limitation prevents a student from fully benefiting from classes, activities, or services offered by the college without specific, additional support services or instruction. Examples are physical, communication, acquired brain injury, psychological, and developmentally delayed learning and learning disability.

Students must possess the ability to respond appropriately to questions, follow directions, and demonstrate the potential to benefit from special programs and services.

Students must demonstrate appropriate adaptive and/or self-help behavior. This includes providing their own personal attendant care. DSPS staff will not provide this service.

Students must demonstrate annual measurable academic progress. Failure to do so may result in termination of services.

Students requesting services and/or academic accommodations offered at NVC are recommended to arrange an appointment with a DSPS counselor or learning disabilities advisor and complete an application for services. DSPS will then establish a Student Educational Contract (SEC) and verify the disability by using one of the following means: 1) review of documentation provided by appropriate agencies or certified or licensed professionals outside of DSPS; 2) assessment by appropriate/DSPS professional staff; or 3) observation by DSPS professional staff with review by DSPS Program Manager. Once a student’s disability has been certified, the DSPS professional will identify the educational limitations, document them in the Student Educational Contract and review and update it annually.

Services may be denied if it is determined that a student does not meet one or more of the above eligibility criteria.

Students seeking to appeal the denial of services should seek remedy through the DSPS Program Manager. If, after consulting with the manager, students are still not satisfied, they may appeal to the Vice President of Student Services.