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Office of Institutional Equity

It's National Service/Guide Dog Month!

Get to know me and the job I do:

I am a tasked trained
medical alert service
dog

By the ADA law I am
allowed to accompany my
handler in any pubic space

I am medical equipment 
Distracting me in any way is 
dangerous for my handler, 
ask first

There is nothing that can be
purchased online that
makes a dog a service dog

A true service dog comes
from training and commitment
not a piece of paper or a card
bought online

Always remember: Do not separate me from my handler.

Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose

At Norfolk State University, an inclusive community is one in which there is real, visible and meaningful representation of the diversity evident in the wider community at all levels and in all constituencies on campus (faculty, staff, students, administration). It is a community in which all members feel safe and empowered, valued and respected for their contributions to the shared purposes of the University; research and education excellence.

It is a community where the rights of all individuals and groups are protected. Inclusion occurs when an organization provides equitable access to its services, benefits and opportunities, when systems and structures facilitate full participation by all members and where members are treated equitably and fairly and are recognized for their contributions. The key ingredients are equitable access, participation (especially in decision-making processes) and equal attention to the needs and aspirations of all.

Respect * Collaboration * Diversity

In seeking to build an inclusive community with a shared purpose, Norfolk State University strives to embody these values:

A Respectful Community is one where freedom of expression, belief, and diversity of knowledge occur in a framework of dignity, respect, and public engagement. 

A Collaborative Community is one where participants jointly move the academic vision forward in respectful and non-confrontational ways, having regard for personal and collective safety and well-being. 

A Diverse Community is one that enables us to learn from our differences and that affirms our shared accountability for achieving access, equity, and meaningful inclusion of under-represented groups at all levels of the campus community.

We hope that this website will meet your informational needs, however, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.