Mini Courses Policies


Students enrolled in the Mini Courses Program must withdraw 1 business day prior to the start of their first mini course.  No refunds will be provided if a withdrawal is requested after the first class session has started. For withdrawals before the deadline, refunds can only be given minus a $15.00 cancellation fee. The Mini Courses Program does not issue full or partial refunds for lack of attendance or indifference to the course curriculum. To withdraw, please go to the Norris Box Office website and purchase a cancellation fee.


We reserve the right to cancel a class at any time for any reason. Should a course be cancelled, all registered students will be notified via the email address provided during registration. Full refunds will be provided for any canceled class.


All refunds will be issued based on the original method of payment. Credit card payments will be refunded back to the same card within 7 business days of the request approval. Cash or check payments will be refunded via a Northwestern University check mailed to the address provided during registration. Check refunds may take up to 45 business days to complete.


All wine and liquor Mini Course participants must present valid ID that shows they are at least 21 years old at the start of each class session. You will not be permitted into the session without a valid ID.

To buy more than one ticket for a wine or liquor course, or if the billing name is different than the participant’s name, you must enter the name of the person taking the class in the “Recipient’s name” field when registering online. Only this person will be able to use this ticket. If there is no name on the ticket by the first day of class, it will be refunded to the purchaser.

Mini Course participants may not switch into different sessions of wine and liquor courses after registration.


Unless otherwise noted in the class description, courses are limited to patrons 15 years of age and older. Wine and liquor classes are limited to persons 21 years of age or older with a valid photo ID.


Any returned check will incur a $35.00 returned check fee, which must be paid immediately in addition to the original course payment.


Due to increased vigilance nationwide, campus security may be tight, particularly during the evening hours. If you are not a member of the Northwestern community, please note that your enrollment in a Mini Course guarantees you access only to the building in which your course is held and the Norris Center and only during class time. While we welcome you to campus for Mini Courses, campus security personnel are trained to recognize persons who are not students. Please carry a photo ID at all times, and should you be approached, simply state that you are a registered participant in Mini Courses. The Mini Course Office, located on the Underground level of the Norris University Center, (call 847-467-7112 or email will be available to verify your enrollment in the evening hours if necessary.


All dates, times, prices, and other information are subject to change. Please visit our website and social media pages for up-to-date class information (there may have been changes that are not reflected in our print advertisements). If there is a change in schedule, all registered students will be contacted by email and will have the option of receiving a full refund.


We cannot prorate course fees or provide partial refunds if you miss any class session.

Attendance at the first two weeks of the Ceramics Mini Courses is required. If a student fails to attend the first and second scheduled Mini Course (week 1 and week 2) the Mini Course office will drop the student from the course for the rest of the quarter. 

Should you miss a class, you are encouraged to contact the Mini Courses Office for access to missed course material.


An email noting the room location will be sent to the class prior to the first day.

Due to the busy nature of the student center, classes may change location throughout the quarter. We will email students to notify them of a classroom change as soon as possible. Room locations are also listed on the Norris Center's event schedules, located on the TVs near the elevators, and at the Center Desk on the first floor.