Northwood University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.*

Based on these laws and University policy, the University:

  • does not engage in discrimination based on student disabilities
  • does not impose eligibility criteria that will screen out disabled students
  • reasonably accommodates students through an interactive process

Here are some answers to questions about how Disability Services on your campus can help you.

What services do you offer?

Northwood University has a variety of accommodations for eligible students. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Testing in a quiet room with reduced distractions
  • Testing with extra time
  • Having quizzes, tests, and exams read aloud
  • Having a classmate serve as a volunteer note taker
  • Using audio versions of texts

Who is eligible for accommodations?

Enrolled students who present appropriate documentation for disabilities that affect learning or access to learning are eligible for accommodations.

What documentation is required, and how do I provide it?

In general, students need to provide documentation from:

  • A physician, psychologist or other qualified specialist or
  • An Individual Education Plan (IEP) provided by the student's high school

Content must be current within the last twelve months, and should include:

  • Onset, history, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of disability and related symptoms, and the last date of physician contact.
  • A practical but detailed description of how the disability currently affects learning or access to learning, including functional and behavioral limitations and special considerations such as the side effects of medicine.
  • Description of accommodations and services used in the past and recommendations or a range of recommendations for academic accommodations going forward.

The University may require additional information or an independent evaluation or diagnostic interview, in addition to the information listed above.

Documentation should be sent to the Disability Services Director, Amanda Swafford at or faxed to 989.837.4111. The student may also bring the documentation to his/her first visit with the Disability Services Director.

How do I obtain accommodations?

All students who need accommodations must meet with an academic advisor either during the first week of classes or at least two weeks before the accommodations are required. At the first meeting, you and your advisor will discuss your situation. Then, the advisor will begin to determine the accommodations for which you are eligible. You will also receive specific procedures for requesting accommodations during your studies at Northwood. Finally, you will sign a waiver allowing the advisor to make arrangements for your accommodations.

What are some of the limits on accommodations?

Northwood University is not required to provide accommodations that would: (i) fundamentally alter the nature of educational services; (ii) result in major program modifications; (iii) decrease academic or grading standards; (iv) disregard core course requirements or materially compromise the standards of the curriculum; (v) provide personal health care assistants or devices; or (vi) impose an undue financial or administrative burden on the Department or the University. In general, whether and when these limits apply are unique to each case.

Importantly, students should be aware that the need for disability accommodations does not exempt any student from compliance with student conduct policies or from appropriate discipline for violations of such policies, and in particular, conduct requirements that are essential to University operations and the programs in which the student is involved.

What other academic help is available?

Any Northwood student may participate in free programs offered through the Timberwolf Learning Center. These include:

  • Tutoring in accounting and mathematics during Drop-in Tutoring hours, 34 hours per week
  • One-on-one tutoring appointments
  • Tutor-led Study Groups in frequently-requested subjects
  • Guidance on study, time management, college reading, and test-taking skills through:
    • Learning Strategy Workshops on specific topics, offered throughout the year as one-time, optional workshops;
    • Individual study advice with a tutor or Tutoring Director by Appointment

Where do I go for more information?

If you have any questions about our disability services, want to send documentation, or would like to arrange for accommodations, please contact us anytime.

* Northwood University is not required to provide accommodations which would compromise the standards of the curriculum or which would pose an undue financial or administrative burden to the department or university.