Non-Lecture Course (NLC) Accommodations & Request Process

Non-Lecture Course (NLC) Accommodations 


Accommodations are initially determined based on barriers experienced in traditional classroom or online setting, and are written to apply to those specific settings, Therefore, standard classroom accommodations may not be applicable in primarily experiential and/or application-based courses (e.g. internship, practicum, clinical, fieldwork, physical education, assistantship, etc.). 

Although standard classroom accommodations are available to request in non-lecture, experiential learning courses, approval for accommodations in such courses is determined based on the following:

  • an individualized assessment of the student’s needs
  • the requirements of the degree or program
  • and considerations related to the placement site.

This process requires communication with the student and the coordinator of the clinical, fieldwork, or internship experience and typically takes longer to facilitate.

Non-Lecture Course (NLC) Request Process


  • When requesting accommodation letters for a Non-Lecture Course (NLC) you will receive a prompt asking you to consider & confirm which accommodations you believe are necessary for that type of experiential course and to contact CEA staff to further discuss whether other accommodation(s) are needed. 
    • Note: Failure to complete the prompt or contact/consult with the CEA may delay the request process.

  • On your NLC Accommodation Letter, your instructor will receive a similar prompt to thoughtfully consider what may be appropriate in that experiential course setting.

  • Additional action may be required before an accommodation letter is sent to faculty. Meaning that CEA staff may seek further consultation with you, your academic department, and/or your site location (if applicable) to determine whether the accommodation(s) requested:

    • Appropriately address the access barriers
    • Are reasonable for the experiential course setting
    • Would fundamentally alter the degree or program requirements or pose a health or safety concern.

  • Once reasonable and appropriate accommodations are determined, the CEA will notify the coordinator/chair and other necessary individuals to ensure appropriate accommodation implementation. 

  • Notify the CEA of any concerns regarding accommodation implementation immediately at or 479-575-3104. 

Important Note to Students: Plan in Advance 

As you approach degree requirements related to clinical, fieldwork, or internship experiences, you should contact the CEA well in advance of your Non-Lecture Courses (NLC) so that we can collaboratively address potential access barriers, as this process often requires planning and consultation among the CEA, academic department, and site location (if applicable). 

Please contact the CEA at or 479-575-3104 with any questions or concerns.