Privacy & Disclosures

This catalog for the academic year beginning in Fall 2018 contains University regulations and information about the programs and courses offered by the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; School of Communication; School of Education and Social Policy; Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science; Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications; and Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music and about cross-school undergraduate programs. Failure to read this catalog does not excuse a student from knowing and complying with its content.

Northwestern University reserves the right to change without notice any statement in this catalog concerning, but not limited to, rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In exceptional circumstances, Northwestern University reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to waive any documentation normally required for admission. It also reserves the right to admit or deny a student admission whenever it believes that it has sufficient evidence for the decision.

​Access to Student Records

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, all students have certain rights with regard to their educational records. Northwestern’s student records policy is available at

Students’ rights under FERPA include

  • Inspect and review their educational records at Northwestern University
  • Request an amendment of their records to ensure that the records are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of privacy or other rights
  • Consent to release or to restrict disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in their educational records, except under certain limited circumstances when, by law, consent is not required
  • File a complaint with the US Department of Edu­cation concerning alleged failures by Northwestern University to comply with FERPA requirements

The University’s Use of Email

Email is the University’s mechanism for official commun­i­­­ca­tion with students, and Northwestern has the right to ex­pect that students will read official email in a timely fashion.

All students are assigned a “” address that is maintained in the University email directory. Northwestern provides a convenient mechanism for students who want to forward email from the University address to another email address of their choice, but students assume the risk of forwarding email. Failure to receive or read University communication that was sent to the “” address does not absolve a student from knowing and complying with the content of the communication.

Faculty may use email for communicating with students registered in their classes so that all students will be able to comply with course requirements.

Title IX Compliance

Northwestern University does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community 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 status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, housing, or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates. Further prohibited by law is discrimination against any employee and/or job applicant who chooses to inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant. Harassment, whether verbal, physical, or visual, that is based on any of these characteristics is a form of discrimination.

Northwestern University complies with federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on the protected categories listed above, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex (including sexual misconduct) in the University’s educational programs and activities. In addition, Northwestern provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants, students, and employees with disabilities and to individuals who are pregnant.

Any alleged violations of this policy or questions with respect to nondiscrimination or reasonable accommodations should be directed to:

Northwestern’s Director of Equal Opportunity and Access and Section 504 Coordinator
1800 Sherman Avenue, Suite 4500
Evanston, Illinois 60208

Any alleged violations of this policy or questions with respect to sexual misconduct or sexual harassment should be directed to:

Northwestern’s Title IX Coordinator
1800 Sherman Avenue, Suite 4500
Evanston, Illinois 60208

A person may also file a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights regarding an alleged violation of Title IX by visiting or calling 800-421-3481.