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Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance

The Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance works with faculty, staff and job applicants with disabilities to provide reasonable accommodations. The Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance also reviews accessibility issues reported by the Northwestern community and visitors.

Audiences served: Faculty, staff and job applicants

For assistance, visit the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance.

Apply Standards to Your Teaching

Providing multiple ways for students to learn course material and interact with course content is extremely important to accommodate all students who are taking a class, especially those with disabilities.

Course Design

Instructors can familiarize themselves with strategies to implement for accessible course design. The goal is to provide information to instructors who may not know much about working with people who have disabilities. 

Explore accessibility course design tips.


The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, “You Do It”), enables faculty to identify accessibility issues in their Canvas course.

Download and install UDOIT.


In order for assistive technology to work most effectively, websites need to convey information in a way that the programs can understand. Read on for tips to make course materials more accessible.

Start by addressing seven core accessibility skills.

Learn how to make your course accessible.

View additional accessibility resources in Canvas.


To get started using Zoom, consult the Northwestern Remote Teaching technology tools page. Most functions in Zoom are user-friendly and are accessible to people who use assistive technology. There are, however, a few exceptions and best practices to note.

Learn about Zoom best practices.

Inclusive Language Guide

This guide serves as a resource for all members of the Northwestern community, especially those in roles of University communicators. Its goal is to encourage educated choices on the use of language that is inclusive and free of bias. 

Check Inclusive Language Guide on Northwestern Brand Tools site.