West Virginia Northern Community College

Offices and Services

Disability Services

West Virginia Northern Community College is committed to assuring that students with disabilities are afforded the same opportunities and the same responsibilities as all other students.

Accommodations for students with disabilities can be arranged through the Office of Support Services for Students with Disabilities, room 221 B&O Building, or through your campus Counselor. The Office, along with the campus Counselors, work with faculty, staff, and community agencies to arrange for reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

Students who wish to arrange for accommodations are asked to first provide documentation to the Office of Support Services for Students with Disabilities. With a signed release by the student, staff can contact the student's instructors to arrange appropriate accommodations.

IMPORTANT: Documentation should be provided well in advance of the beginning of the semester to allow time to make arrangements with faculty, to hire required staff, to coordinate with other service providers, or to purchase equipment which may be necessary.

Contact Us:

CJ Farnsworth, Director of Academic Student Support Services, cfarnsworth@wvncc.edu

Kevin Serig, Counselor II-Student Disabilities, kserig@wvncc.edu 

Elizabeth Knollinger, Program Assistant II: eknollinger@wvncc.edu

Peggy Carmichael, Chief Human Resources Officer & ADA Compliance: pcarmichael@wvncc.edu

Educational Opportunity Awaits You
WVNCC is committed to providing accessible facilities, appropriate accommodations, and support technology to students with documented disabilities.
The Support Services for Students with Disabilities office provides reasonable accommodations as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Evaluation and Assessment
The Support Services for Students with Disability Office evaluates documentation and assesses the individual needs of each student.
It is the responsibility of the student to contact the office to initiate accommodations.
Staff evaluate students' documentation and interview students to find the appropriate academic, classroom, and technical support that will assist them in their educational endeavors.
Services are free and all information shared with Support Services for Students with Disabilities personnel remains confidential.

To Apply
The Support Services for Students with Disabilities office is located on the Wheeling Campus, B&O Building, Room 221 B & O.
Students on all campuses are entitled to equal accommodations. If you are interested in applying for available services please contact:
Kevin Serig, Counselor II-Student Disabilities, at (304) 214-8938; (304) 455-4684, Ext. 8938; (304) 723-2210, Ext. 9838, or your campus Counselor to schedule an appointment.


Auxiliary Services
WVNCC Support Services for Students with Disabilities Office provides students with a variety of auxiliary services.

  • Extended test time
  • Alternate test locations
  • Academic assistance (tutoring)
  • Access to assistive technology
  • Accommodations appropriate for a wide range of disabilities including physical, hearing, and learning differences
  • Access to Braille
  • Designated parking for those with a handicapped placard or license plate

Staff members work closely with students and their instructors to determine and implement the appropriate services. These staff members remain available throughout students' educational programs.
The Support Services for Students with Disabilities Office makes every effort to assist students with disabilities in order to provide the opportunity for a successful college experience.

At West Virginia Northern Community College, we strive to provide a student-centered learning environment.

Our goal is assisting students to develop to their fullest potential and achieve personal success.

Every student deserves the opportunity to succeed.

If you are facing the challenge of a physical or cognitive disability--along with the pressures of academic life--you may need some assistance.

Each year; WVNCC Support Services for Students with Disabilities Office helps many students with disabilities to meet their educational goals.

Statement of Accessibility
W V N C C makes every effort to provide accessible facilities and programs for individual disabilities

Non-Discrimination Practices
In implementing its equal opportunity policy regarding non-discrimination, it is the policy of WVNCC not to discriminate in its programs of education, employment, purchasing of goods and services, and all other activities. The college does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap/disability or veteran status.

Eligibility for Services
To be eligible for accommodations, students must register with the Support Services for Students with Disabilities Office and are asked to provide documentation of the disability.  Students should also provide information about strategies that have been helpful in the past.


Some differences in accommodations between high school and college:

  • Accommodations and services are not automatic; students must self-identify
  • Colleges do not provide personal aides for students
  • Colleges cannot guarantee student success
  • Students must meet the academic standards of a course and/or program
  • Colleges are not required to waive or reduce essential course or program requirements

Electronic Resources for Faculty, Staff, and Students

The following resources can guide you through disabilities services at Northern, as well as ADA compliance and disabilities laws.

To the best knowledge of the West Virginia Northern Community College staff, information contained in this publication was correct at the time it was distributed. However, this publication should not be considered in any way to constitute a contract between West Virginia Northern and any student. West Virginia Northern reserves the right to make changes in tuition, fees, admissions, regulations, schedules, or curricula without prior notice or obligation.


West Virginia Northern Community College, pursuant to the requirements of Titles IV, VI, VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, does not discriminate against applicants, employees, or students on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, gender, ancestry, marital or parental status or national origin in its employment policies and/or educational programs or activities, including admissions to such.

Inquiries concerning this rule should be directed to Chief Human Resource Officer Peggy Carmichael, who is designated coordinator for Title IX and Section 504. Her telephone number is 304-214-8901 and her office is located in Room 125-B, B&O Building, Wheeling campus. Her email address is pcarmichael@wvncc.edu.




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