Information for Faculty

Questions?

  • Please contact SSD directly at 847-467-5530 or ssd@northwestern.edu if you have any questions about accommodation notifications you have received.

The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) is an ally with faculty in working with students with disabilities, for we are both committed to providing an accessible, supportive, and challenging environment for all students who attend the University. 

These pages were created as a resource for faculty and provide general information about teaching and accommodating students with disabilities. They address most of the questions presented to us when working with students with disabilities:

Know your rights and responsibilities and the rights and responsibilities of your students with disabilities.

Proctoring exams:  is SSD's most popular service with faculty. Learn more about the procedures involved in facilitating testing accommodations.

Note-takers: SSD works in partnership with faculty in arranging note-takers, providing text in accessible format and facilitating non-test accommodations. Our electronic note-taker ad is available in this area.

In-class Accommodations: Details about accessible labs, field trips, meeting places, and other accessibility considerations are important to keep in mind when working with students with mobility impairments.

The instructional strategies provided for a number of different types of disabilities also include brief definitions of these disabilities.

Finally, we've included a list of resources for faculty as well as an FAQ page, both of which we'll keep updated to reflect your questions and input.

faculty at commencement

Process for Determining a Student's Individualized Accommodations

Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis by considering the disability documentation provided by the student, the functional impact of the student's disability, and the essential requirements of the student's courses, programs, and activities. Please contact SSD at 847-467-5530 or utilize the direct link to our office email address with specific disability- or accommodation-related questions.

Syllabus Statement

Any student with a disability requesting accommodations must register with Services for Students with Disabilities (ssd@northwestern.edu; 847-467-5530) and request a professor accommodation notification through SSD, preferably within the first two weeks of class. All information will remain confidential.