University Student Handbook

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Qualified persons shall receive reasonable accommodations for access to educational opportunities, programs and activities of Northwestern.

The Student Affairs office is responsible for coordination of programs and services for enrolled students with disabilities. In order for the University to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, the following process will be used:

  1. The Office of Admissions will notify accepted students of the procedures to receive necessary support services.
  2. It is the responsibility of the individual student to inform the Student Affairs Office of any special aids or services that he/she may need as the result of a disability.
  3. Students must submit directly to the Student Affairs office a written request for accommodations or auxiliary aids. Students may be required to submit medical or other diagnostic documentation of disability and/or limitations. This information will remain confidential to the Student Affairs office except as permitted by the student expressly for providing support services to that student.
  4. As needed, the Student Affairs office will discuss the student's request for accommodation with the student and faculty member or department involved to determine appropriate accommodation. If there is a question about the appropriateness of a student's requested accommodation, the Student Affairs office will inform the student of the University's decision. Northwestern will comply with applicable legal requirements in considering requests for accommodations. However, Northwestern will not waive requirements that are integral to the educational program.
  5. Requests must be made in a timely manner. Students must initiate a request for accommodation at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the course/program. Untimely requests may result in delay or denial of accommodation.
  6. Complaints concerning the provision of accommodations to disabled students will be handled through the Student Complaints process specified in the Student Handbook.
  7. Facility and Program Accessibility: The University will relocate programs, activities, and services to accessible locations upon request of an individual with a mobility impairment. Such requests should be directed in writing to the Director of Human Resources, 2501 W. 84th Street, Bloomington, MN, 55431, at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the course or program.