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Process for Registering

Accessible NU-Q staff and students work together via an interactive process to determine appropriate academic accommodations, if any, for each student on a case-by-case basis.

Please note any accommodations provided to students are only valid for the semester in which an accommodation is granted. Students must apply or re-apply before the beginning of the semester in which they are seeking an accommodation.

How to register

1. Complete Application Form

Any student seeking an accommodation must complete Accessible NU-Q's online application.

2. Documentation Guidelines

If you have documentation regarding your condition, please upload your documentation to the online application. Alternatively, you may email your documentation to If you do not have documentation and/or would like to meet to discuss questions or concerns regarding registering with the office, please call or email Accessible NU-Q to set up an appointment.

3. Intake Appointment

After reviewing your application and documentation, typically within a week, an Accessible NU-Q staff member will contact you to meet for an intake appointment or to request additional information.


If one week has passed since you filled out an application and/or submitted documentation and you have not been contacted by an Accessible NU-Q staff member, contact Accessible NU-Q to ensure that we have received your application materials and to request an intake appointment.

Intake appointments will generally not be scheduled after week after week 12 of a semester; instead, you can schedule an intake appointment at the beginning of the following semester. Any exceptions to this guideline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

What happens during the intake appointment?

You will discuss any documentation regarding your disabling condition and functional limitations. Note:

  • A diagnosis of a disorder, condition, or syndrome in and of itself does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations
  • The condition must have a significant, adverse impact on the student's functioning in order to qualify for accommodations
  • If a student's documentation (if provided) is unclear, it may be referred to other professionals on the home campus for review and recommendation.
  • Additional information may be requested to verify a student's condition or to substantiate particular accommodation requests especially when a student is not able to clarify the need for a particular accommodation.

During your intake appointment, you will sign an agreement listing your accommodations ("accommodation agreement") once they have been thoroughly discussed and agreed upon.

If necessary, and often based on the differing nature of your courses or changes in your condition, adjustments can be made to your accommodation agreement throughout your time at Northwestern University in Qatar. In order to make any changes, you will need to contact the AccessibleNU-Q staff member to determine changes and sign a new accommodation agreement.

Intake appointments via phone

Students who are not local but hope to register prior to arriving on campus (which is recommended), can arrange for phone intake appointments.

How long does registration take?

You should plan for the process of registering with Accessible NU-Q to take about 5 business days from the time you have completed the application and submitted documentation. If additional documentation is needed to support a particular request, the registration process will take longer.

Your responsibilities

Postsecondary education differs from earlier levels of education with regard to its support of students with disabilities and other conditions requiring accommodation. This is partly because different laws govern reasonable accommodation at the postsecondary and K-12 levels.

At Northwestern — and all other colleges and universities — it is the responsibility of you, the student to:

  • inform the appropriate department (which is Accessible NU-Q at Northwestern University in Qatar), that you have a disability or other condition requiring accommodation
  • provide any necessary documentation
  • request accommodations and services, if needed

A student who has a disability or other condition but has not registered with Accessible NU-Q is not entitled to services or accommodations. Moreover, our students must always be the one to initiate the request for accommodations or services; Accessible NU-Q will not do it on your behalf or without your permission. Even if you don't request accommodations, we can provide relevant guidance and support.


Accessible NU-Q maintains confidentiality of information, meaning that records contained in Accessible NU-Q’s files are housed only in our center or on Accessible NU-Q's internal database and are not part of your academic file.

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