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O.A.S.I.S at Norfolk State University is committed to complying with the law as designated in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The program assists currently enrolled students with documented disabilities including physical, psychological, traumatic head injury, learning disabilities and other health concerns.

All contacts with O.A.S.I.S are held in strictest confidence, and information is released only with the student's permission.

Mission Statement

The mission of O.A.S.I.S is to promote the academic success of students with disabilities (SWD) through high-quality educational assistance, faculty and staff seminars, workshops and training, and assistive technology training for all students, faculty, staff and administrators.

Campus Accessibility

Typically, the Norfolk State University campus is accessible and easy to negotiate. The terrain is flat, and accumulations of snow and ice are rare in Eastern Virginia.


Students requiring special transportation arrangements on our campus, and on neighboring campuses, are accommodated daily by a regularly scheduled shuttle bus service.


For students with their own vehicles, accessible parking is available near residence halls, most classroom buildings, and administrative offices. Special parking permits for students with permanent and temporary impairments can be obtained from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).


Disclosure of a disability during the admissions process is not required. However, it is encouraged for the purpose of preparation. Neither the nature nor the severity of an individual's disability is used as criteria for admissions.

Admission to Norfolk State University will be based solely on the entrance requirements as described in the college catalog.

Registering for Accommodations

Students planning to apply for admission to the University are encouraged to contact the O.A.S.I.S as soon as possible to determine if the University can accommodate their particular disability. Once accepted, students who wish to receive assistance must contact the O.A.S.I.S Office at least forty-five (45) days before classes begin. Otherwise O.A.S.I.S cannot ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.

The O.A.S.I.S serves persons eligible for assistance under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as persons with temporary disabilities acquired as a result of illness or injury. Written documentation from a qualified professional is required before accommodations are implemented.

Services and Accommodations

Norfolk State University is dedicated to assisting persons with disabilities to reach their fullest academic potential in higher education. Reasonable accommodations and services are provided to help equalize their opportunities and meet the individual needs of the disabled student. Arrangements or these accommodations and services are made through O.A.S.I.S.


  • Shuttles
  • Disability-Related Counseling
  • Personal Counseling
  • Bi-weekly Support Group
  • Priority Registration
  • Assisting Students with Appropriate Vocational Rehabilitation for Further Services
  • Assistive Technology Lab
  • Assistive Technology for Daily Classes
  • Accommodation Letter to Instructors


  • Note Sharing
  • Extended Time for Testing
  • Readers for Exams
  • Allowed Priority Seating
  • Allowed Unanticipated Class Absences
  • E-Books for students. Text books must be purchased before E-book fulfillment.
  • Allowed Tape Recorders in Class
  • Disregarding Spelling Errors for In-Class Work