Connect with ANU
To register with AccessibleNU, complete the following three steps:
- Complete AccessibleNU's online application.
- If you have documentation regarding your condition, please upload or email your documentation to AccessibleNU. If you do not have documentation and/or would like to meet to discuss accommodation questions or concerns regarding registering with the office, please call or email AccessibleNU to set up an appointment.
- After reviewing your application and documentation, typically within a week, an AccessibleNU staff member will contact you to meet for an intake appointment.
Receiving accommodations is an interactive process. At the intake meeting, you and your AccessibleNU Advisor will discuss and agree upon possible services and accommodations. If changes to your accommodations need to be made at a later time or you have concerns regarding your accommodations, make an appointment to talk with your advisor.
Note: Intake appointments scheduled after week 8 of a given quarter, or after week 12 of a semester, will generally apply to the following term. Any exceptions to this guideline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
To be eligible for accommodations, students must have a visibly obvious or documented disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA; as amended) and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. Under the ADA and Section 504, a person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as walking, standing, seeing, speaking, hearing, learning, sitting, breathing, or or taking care of oneself.
AccessibleNU requests disability-related documents from an appropriate licensed professional to certify a student as having a disability and to determine reasonable accommodations. Students who suspect that they have a disability are welcome to schedule an information and referral meeting with an AccessibleNU Advisor.
Timeline of Student Responsibilities Each Term
|Week of Term||Responsibility|
|Registration-End of Week 2||Log onto AccessibleNU's database to request accommodation letters. If applicable, request alternative text through the ANU database.|
|Weeks 1-2||Follow up with your professors to ensure receipt of accommodation letter and to make any necessary exam or other arrangements.|
|Weeks 2-3||If you need AccessibleNU to proctor any tests, log onto AccessibleNU's database to schedule them for the entire quarter. Request note-takers (if applicable) no later than the end of week 3.|
|Week 8||If applicable, utilize priority registration (noon on Friday before regular registration).|
|Week 9||Double-check final exam dates and revise any scheduled exams as needed. Finals must be scheduled at least 1 week in advance.|
|Throughout the Term||Update us on changed exam dates or any accommodation barriers you are experiencing as soon as possible.|
School of Professional Studies
Once the accommodation notifications are sent, students should contact their individual instructors to discuss their accommodations. Students should contact AccessibleNU if they need assistance with implementing their accommodations.
Proctoring arrangements such as location, date, and time for in-person and remote exams for all Kellogg courses are made with Academic Experience, not ANU. Once accommodations are approved through ANU, please direct all questions to Academic Experience.
The Associate Dean and the Office of Student Affairs at the Law School will assist you in arranging your accommodations, including any exam accommodations.
Accommodations can be made for each phase of your medical education. Medical students with disabilities are encouraged to disclose their disability and register with ANU as early as possible in their medical education. Accommodations are arranged on a case-by-case basis for all types of exams and clinical rotations in collaboration with Feinberg School of Medicine faculty.
M1/M2 students who have completed the registration and documentation process should email your ANU Advisor to request an accommodation letter for your Phase 1 classes and exams. Feinberg’s Associate Dean for Student Programs and Career Development will assist you in arranging accommodations such as more time for exams, note taking assistance, and other accommodations in the classroom.
M3/M4 students who have completed the registration and documentation process should email your ANU Advisor each time you start a new rotation. In your email, include the names and email addresses of the clerkship director and coordinator. For exam and other clerkship accommodations, notification is sent to the clerkship director, clerkship coordinator, Director of Standardized Patient Programs, and Associate Dean for Student Programs and Career Development.
The McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University sponsors graduate medical education programs for residents and fellows. McGaw residents and fellows seeking an accommodation for a documented disability during their residency or fellowship should contact Dr. Joshua Goldstein, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, to begin discussing possible accommodations.
M1 and M2 students
For M1 and M2 students, the Associate Dean will assist you in arranging accommodations, including any exam accommodations.
M3 and M4 students
For M3 and M4 students, please email your ANU Advisor each time you begin a new clerkship to specify the clerkship so that ANU can 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.
Curricula in health science programs generally contain both classroom experiences where standard accommodations may apply and also clinical experiences, where accommodations may need to be tailored. Some examples of accommodations for clinical components of a health science program may include (but are not limited to): schedule adjustments, permission to leave for appointments, geographical considerations, digital or amplified stethoscope, reading software for reading notes or patient charts, or assistive devices. Accommodations for clinical settings are determined separately from those in the didactic (classroom) setting and in collaboration with the student’s respective health science faculty and clinical education coordinators.
- For Physical Therapy students, the Associate Chair for Professional Education assists in arranging accommodations, including any exam accommodations.
- For Prosthetics and Orthotics students, the NUPOC Director of Education assists in arranging on-site and online accommodations, including any exam accommodations.
- For Physician Assistant students, the program manager assists in arranging accommodations, including any exam accommodations.
Students with disabilities registered with AccessibleNU have the following rights:
- Equal access to courses and programs offered through the University
- Equal opportunity to learn, and to receive reasonable accommodations and academic adjustments in an effort to diminish the effect of the condition on academic functioning
- The right to exercise the informal and/or formal grievance process for students with disabilities.
For more information on your legal rights, please review the relevant laws.
Students with disabilities registered with AccessibleNU have the following responsibilities:
- Self-identify as an individual with a disability via notification from AccessibleNU prior to when an accommodation is needed and seek assistance as necessary in a timely fashion
- Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses and programs
- When needed, provide requested documentation from an appropriate professional that demonstrates how your disability limits your participation in courses and programs
- Follow published processes for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and auxiliary aids and services
- Comply with Northwestern's policy for academic integrity by accurately portraying accommodation needs to instructors