Our Office

inside our evanston accessiblenu office

AccessibleNU, part of the Dean of Students Office, serves over 800 undergraduate, graduate, professional school, and School of Professional Studies students between the Evanston and Chicago campuses and online. Northwestern, similar to most colleges and universities, does not have special admission criteria for students with disabilities; therefore, students with disabilities have met the same rigorous admissions standards that all Northwestern students have.

The majority of students registered with the office (over 90%) have invisible disabilities such as learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, chronic health impairments, or psychological disabilities.

AccessibleNU has five primary functions:

  1. Gather and evaluate documentation, information, and requests to determine eligibility for accommodations and services.

  2. Provide, coordinate, and facilitate reasonable accommodations and services.

  3. Recommend modifications to promote accessible learning environments and improve access to University facilities and transportation services.

  4. Provide outreach to and serve as a resource for the University community.

  5. Promote the full inclusion of students with disabilities at Northwestern.

Although the great majority of students' requests for accommodation are reasonable and readily granted, AccessibleNU must occasionally invoke its right to:

  • Deny a request for an accommodation, academic adjustment, or auxiliary aid or service if appropriate documentation is not provided or if the documentation provided demonstrates that the request is not warranted 

  • Refuse an accommodation, adjustment, or auxiliary aid that imposes a fundamental alteration of a program or activity of the University

  • Select among equally effective accommodations, adjustments, and auxiliary aids and services as opposed to providing exactly what is requested

AccessibleNU is a unified center with two locations to better serve its students: