Student Rights and Responsibilities

Providing equal access for students with disabilities is a shared University responsibility. An open mind and a positive attitude allow for creative alternatives for students to achieve their full potential. As Northwestern becomes more physically accessible by removing architectural barriers, we must also work towards the removal of invisible attitudinal barriers facing students with disabilities. Cooperation is the key.

Role of the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

  1. To facilitate reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities
  2. To be a resource for faculty members to help create accessible learning environments
  3. To provide information to the campus community to ensure the inclusion of students with disabilities in all campus activities

Rights and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities at Northwestern University have the following rights:

  • Equal access to courses, programs, services, and activities offered through the University
  • An equal opportunity to learn, and to receive reasonable accommodations and academic adjustments in an effort to diminish the effect of the disability on academic functioning
  • Self-determine who will receive student-released, disability-related materials and information within and outside the University
  • All other rights and privileges available to other students at Northwestern University

Students with disabilities at the University have the following responsibilities:

  • Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, and activities
  • Self-identify as an individual with a disability when an accommodation is needed and to seek information, counsel, and assistance as necessary in a timely fashion
  • Provide documentation (from an appropriate professional) or demonstrate  how the disability limits participation in courses, programs, services, and activities
  • Follow published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and auxiliary aids and services