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Academic Advising

The Department of Academic Advising (DAA) at the Office of Student Affairs aims at assisting NDU students to take the right decisions concerning their university studies as well as their projected careers. Consequently, some of our major goals are to help students understand the academic rules and regulations, to make use of the campus resources available to them, and to fulfill the requirements towards graduation. We are also committed to help those students facing difficulties that might negatively affect their academic performance. For this reason, we have designed programs for students who need special care and continuous attention in order to pass their courses smoothly and successfully. The DAA provides the following two services on an individual basis:

 

The follow-up program offers support and help to students facing special conditions that affect their social, health, mental or family situation and need an ongoing personalized attention from our part. In addition, the DAA directs students who need professional help to the University Counseling Office for their diagnosis and recommendations regarding future follow-up and treatment. It is worth mentioning that the contribution of advisors and faculty members is essential for the success of this program.

 

The tutoring program helps students who are not able to pass certain courses to overcome their academic difficulties. The DAA coordinates with their fellow students who have attained relevant high scores to offer the needed number of private lessons on an individual basis. This step is completed in coordination with the Work Study Grant program at the Financial Aid Office whereby students share their experiences, communicate their knowledge, and listen to each other, thus creating a supportive environment that helps students develop mentally and mature emotionally.

 

For more information, kindly contact the DAA on 09-208000 (ext. 2367), 09-208227 (direct) or e-mail: academic.advising@ndu.edu.lb; nfares@ndu.edu.lb


Learning Accommodation Service

Serving as an integral part of the Student Affairs Office (SAO), the SKILD-led Learning Accommodation Service (LAS) is facilitating learning accommodations, in collaboration with SKILD Center (Smart Kids with Individual Learning Differences), for students with special needs (physical impairments, learning disorders, ADHD, psychological disorders) to fulfill their academic potential by providing advice and support, while ensuring the integrity of the course requirements. Services include accommodations, support and collaboration with faculty and administration in order to meet academic requirements.

FAQs about the LAS

What support is available?

Since its creation, the LAS has received many students with a diverse array of special educational needs ranging. Cases range from Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disorders like Dyslexia; Psychological Disorders like Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); physical impairments like motor disabilities, hearing and/or visual impairment; medical conditions like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Most students have a clear diagnosis of their condition and are followed-up by professionals. Students who do not have a complete file are referred to specific professionals off-campus (depending on their case) in order to properly determine their condition.

How do I get support?

Students are welcome to approach the LAS themselves, or can be referred by their instructors, parents, or the Office of Admissions. An LAS Officer, trained by SKILD, then meets with students individually to discuss their case. Students will be considered eligible for receiving learning accommodations after presenting clear documentation of their condition.

Once a student has been deemed eligible and after attaining the student’s consent, the LAS Officer then consults with the professionals treating the student to understand how to best proceed with their case. Based on the information provided, the Officer then provides a letter detailing the student’s specific learning accommodations according to their needs. The Dean of Students approves and signs the letter before it is passed on to the student and their instructors.

Finally, the LAS Officer schedules a meeting with instructors to provide recommendations and guidance on how to apply the accommodations. Follow-up meetings are set with the student and their instructors to evaluate their progress, working with the Dean of Students to provide personalized support for each and every students’ case. “We do our best to ensure that each student is properly catered to,” said Dr. Charbel Zgheib, Associate Professor and current Dean of Students. “Each case, like every student is unique and requires a personalized approach we are more than happy to provide.”

As of Fall 2020, the LAS has provided support for over 40 number of students, but is always looking to expand and help further. Students with any of the previously mentioned conditions that is affecting their academic progress – Psychological Disorders, physical impairments, ADHD, Learning Disorders or medical conditions – are invited to contact the LAS and see what kind of support is available for their specific case. No matter their personal challenges, NDU remains a place for all students and will always strive to meet their needs.

 

Who can apply for LAS?

The LAS is facilitating learning accommodations for students with a documented case of:

  • Physical impairment (hearing, visual or motor);
  • Learning disorder (dyslexia or other);
  • ADHD;
  • Psychological disorder (anxiety, depression etc.);
  • A medical condition.

How to apply for LAS?

All students with a special case must request a meeting from the LAS in the beginning of each academic year. This process is required on a yearly basis, even for previously enrolled LA students. They can contact the LAS via the following email: las@ndu.edu.lb

 

When should I inform the LAS about my need for accommodations?

Students should notify the LAS of their registration in the beginning of each semester (Fall, Spring and Summer) to continue receiving learning accommodations.

Does having a case automatically qualify me for LAS?

No, having a case does not mean a student is eligible to receive learning accommodations.

Their case must be documented by reliable references and must have a clear impact on academic progress.

When necessary, students may also be asked to maintain follow-up with a professional (depending on their case) in order to receive learning accommodations.

What do I do if an instructor is not applying my learning accommodations?

The student must inform the LAS as soon as they have an issue with their accommodations. Late notice and informing the LAS before an exam/deadline will not be processed on time.

 

What are my responsibilities after I am approved for learning accommodations?

  • The student must maintain frequent follow-up with the learning accommodation officer. He/She must also notify them with any updates related to their case.
  • Students receiving learning accommodation are not entitled to any special treatment and are responsible for completing all course requirements.
  • Students who abuse their learning accommodations or are taking advantage of the situation will be automatically disqualified from receiving further support.

I am still having difficulties despite my learning accommodations, what should I do?

If a student is still struggling, they must inform the LAS in order to determine if they need to:

  • Apply for tutoring at the Office of Academic Advising;
  • Consult with the University Counselor at the Office of Student Affairs (SAO);
  • Consult with a recommended professional (therapist or any required specialist) outside of NDU;
  • Revisit the load of registered course.

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