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What is a physical accessibility concern

Physical accessibility concerns might include architectural barriers or malfunctioning accessibility equipment that prevent movement or access for people with disabilities,

Examples of Digital Accessibility Concerns

  • Entrance ramp or sidewalk may be left covered in snow or ice or overgrown with shrubbery
  • Malfunctioning or broken handicap door
  • Object that protrudes into passageways without sufficient clearance distance
  • Parking area that lacks or blocks handicap access
  • Inaccessible or malfunctioning AV equipment in classroom or meeting spaces

How to report a physical accessibility issue

Malfunctioning equipment?

Issues related to malfunctioning accessibility equipment at buildings can be directly reported to Facilities Connect (valid NetID required). 

Other accessibility concerns?

Contact the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance at 847-467-6165 or or use the Report an Accessibility Issue form.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who will see my report?

The feedback provided in your form will be reviewed by Northwestern's Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance

What will happen to me after I report?

You are not required to identify yourself in the Accessibility Report form.

However, if you provide your name and email address in the form, the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance will follow up with you.

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

You can outreach to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance at

Additional resources and contacts are listed on the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance website for Physical Accessibility.

Know your rights: Northwestern's Non-Retaliation Policy

Northwestern's Policy on Non-Retaliation strictly prohibits retaliation against any member of its community for reporting or inquiring in good faith about suspected wrongful or unlawful activity, or participating in an investigation or proceeding related to such activity. The University considers such actions to be protected activities in which all members may freely engage without worry of negative consequences.