Additional Information about UHAS

Status of a Student/Group Pending Administrative Review or Appeal

Until a final resolution is determined, the status of a student/group will not change unless interim restrictions have been imposed to protect the health and safety of the student/ group or the University community. A student with disciplinary action pending, however, may not participate in commencement exercises until their case is resolved. A student currently on leave, suspended, or withdrawn from Northwestern who has a pending disciplinary matter is not eligible to seek reenrollment or readmission until that matter is resolved.

Effect of Withdrawal

In cases that have the potential to result in separation from the University, if, at any time after the University receives a report and prior to the final decision in a case, a respondent withdraws from the University, the respondent’s withdrawal shall:

  • constitute a disciplinary exclusion from the University;
  • be recorded in the student’s permanent file in OSC;
  • prohibit the student from subsequently enrolling in any school in the University unless admitted through the office of admissions of the appropriate school and cleared by the Vice President for Student Affairs.

If a party files with the OSC a notice of withdrawal from the University while any appeal initiated by that party is pending, that party’s withdrawal shall constitute a withdrawal of the appeal, and the finding from the last decision appealed shall become final.

Disciplinary Hold

At any time after the filing of a report, the Office of Student Conduct may place a student conduct hold on the academic and/or financial records of any student pending the outcome of proceedings or to enforce a student conduct sanction. A student conduct hold may prevent, among other things, registration, enrollment, matriculation, the release of transcripts, and graduation and the awarding of a degree.

Violations of the Law and the Student Code of Conduct

Students may be accountable to both legal authorities and to the University for acts that violate local, state, or federal laws. (Students are encouraged to seek advice of legal counsel when they face criminal charges.) Disciplinary action through the UHAS concurrent with criminal action does not subject a student to “double jeopardy.”

The University operates under different policies, procedures, and standards and thus is not bound by the findings of a court of law. If the court’s outcome satisfies the University’s interests, such outcome may be recorded on the student’s student conduct record without invoking the University student conduct process. Should any criminal proceeding result in a felony conviction, as a result of an incident on or off campus, the vice president for student affairs reserves the right to summarily expel a student. This action is considered final and is not subject to further review.

University disciplinary action will normally proceed during the pendency of a criminal or civil action. A student may request, however, that the University student conduct process be placed on hold until criminal actions are resolved. The Director of Student Conduct, or designee, will decide whether this request will be granted. In such a case, interim restrictions may be imposed. The University reserves the right to proceed with the student conduct process at any point. In incidents involving the Sexual Misconduct policy, the University will not agree to any such hold except at the request of law enforcement for the narrow and temporary purpose of evidence collection. The granting of any hold is at the full and sole discretion of the University.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

It is the policy of Northwestern University not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, or genetic information in matters of admissions, employment, housing, or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates, in accordance with civil rights legislation and University commitment. It is also Northwestern University policy to ensure that no qualified student with a disability is denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in any University program or activity. In response to a request made by a qualified student with a documented disability, the University will arrange, at no cost to the student, for the provision of educational auxiliary aids, including sign language interpreters, real­time captioners, note takers, readers, and tutors, determined by the University to be necessary to afford the student with a disability the opportunity for full participation in University programs.

The majority of accommodations and services for students with disabilities are coordinated by Accessible NU (ANU), which has locations on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses. For more information, visit www.northwest­ or contact the office at 847­-467­-5530 or 847-­467­-5533 (teletypewriter).


Northwestern University does not discriminate or permit discrimination on the basis of disability in matters of admissions, employment, housing, or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates. The director of equal opportunity and access has been designated as the Section 504 coordinator and coordinates compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and applicable federal and state regulations. The coordinator may be contacted at Section 504 Coordinator, Office of Equity, 1800 Sherman, Evanston campus, 847­-491-­7458, fax 847­-467­-0698,

Northwestern University has adopted internal grievance procedures providing for prompt, equitable, and impartial resolution of grievances alleging any action prohibited by the ADA or Section 504. These procedures apply to reports of discrimination or harassment on the basis of disability by staff, faculty, students, applicants for both University employment and academic admission, vendors, contractors, and third parties.

For the complete Grievance Procedure, including information about filing a grievance, investigation and resolution of grievances, confidentiality, and other topics, please see­access/employees­with­disabilities/complaints.html.