Chicago-Campus Students

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Registering with SSD

In order to be considered an active student registered with Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) on the Chicago campus, you must complete all four of the following steps:

  1. Review our documentation guidelines and submit appropriate documentation to the Chicago SSD Office
  2. Complete SSD's online application
  3. Meet for an intake appointment with the Assistant Director of the Chicago SSD Office
  4. Sign an accommodation agreement that details the accommodations that will be provided to you

Until you have completed all of these steps, you will not be registered with SSD, considered a student with a disability by the University, or entitled to accommodations or services.

If you have any questions about this process, please call or email Tim Montgomery. You may submit your documentation via mail, FAX, email, or in-person before you schedule an intake appointment. Chicago SSD Office contact information appears below:

Timothy Montgomery
Assistant Director, SSD-Chicago

Northwestern University
Abbott Hall, Suite 500
710 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL  60611

Phone: 312-503-4042
Fax: 312-503-4173

Procedures Related to Accommodations

Accommodation Guidelines for All Chicago-Campus Students

  1. To receive accommodations, you must first be registered with the office (see above).
  2. Once you have been approved for accommodations and registered for courses, please log onto AccessibleNU and submit your request for accommodation notifications (emails or letters). Submit your request for accommodations early to minimize delays or potential problems. Visit our AccessibleNU page with any questions about the procedures for requesting accommodation notifications.
  3. Every quarter/semester/year that you require accommodations, you will need to log onto AccessibleNU and request accommodation notifications.

Specific Instructions for Chicago-Campus Schools

School of Continuing Studies

Once the accommodation notifications are sent, students should contact their individual instructors to discuss their accommodations. Students should contact the Chicago SSD office if they need assistance with implementing their accommodations.

Kellogg - PT MBA

Your instructors will assist in implementing your accommodations.  For exam accommodations, registered students should email Sarah Francis, Associate Director of the Kellogg Managers’ Program, to arrange exam proctoring.

Law School

The Associate Dean and the Office of Student Affairs at the Law School will assist you in arranging your accommodations, including any exam accommodations.

Medical School

For M1 and M2 students, the Associate Dean will assist you in arranging accommodations, including any exam accommodations.

For M3 and M4 students, the Assistant Director of the Chicago SSD Office will send notification to your clerkship directors regarding your accommodation needs. For exam accommodations, this notification is sent to your clerkship directors, clerkship coordinators, and testing coordinator at the beginning of the clerkship.

Physical Therapy

The Associate Chair for Professional Education will assist you in arranging your accommodations, including any exam accommodations.

Prosthetics and Orthotics

The NUPOC Director of Education will assist in arranging your on-site and online accommodations, including any exam accommodations.

Physician Assistant

The program manager will assist you in arranging your accommodations, including any exam accommodations.