Incoming and Unregistered Students
Welcome to the Disability Resource Center! We are excited to connect with you and support you in your Northeastern experience. See below for information about the accommodation request process, documentation guidelines, how to contact us, and other information about registering with the DRC.
Accommodation Request Process
To receive accommodations through the DRC, students must provide documentation of a disability that demonstrates a current substantial limitation. Accommodations are approved based on a review of the information that is submitted. Our review process is conducted on a case-by-case basis. Students should complete the following steps:
Submit any additional clinical documentation showing a history of services or other relevant information via your DRC portal
If necessary, submit a disability-specific disclosure form to be completed by a clinician (see documentation guidelines below)
Submit all documentation to: DRCdocumentation@northeastern.edu.
After Documentation is Submitted
Documentation Review by the DRC
After the DRC has received documentation, determinations for approved accommodations are made by committee utilizing an interactive, multi-source approach. This process typically takes at least 2-3 weeks, as accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. If the committee determines that more information is required, the committee will reach out to the student to request further documentation.
Invitation to Register
Upon being approved for accommodations, the student will receive an email from a DRC specialist inviting them to register with the Disability Resource Center. During this meeting, the DRC specialist will review approved and denied accommodations with the student, as well as policies and procedures for accessing accommodations.
In addition to the Student Disclosure Form, the DRC may request any of the following documents:
- An evaluation or a Disability Disclosure Form completed by a qualified professional (see disability-specific documentation).
- Verification of any prior accommodations including an IEP, a 504 plan, or the private school equivalent.
- SAT, ACT or IB accommodations and verification from other post-secondary institutions.
- Documentation will be reviewed in the order that it was received. During high volume times, reviews may take several weeks.
- Prior use of specific accommodations in high school or at a prior institution does not guarantee the same accommodations will be granted at Northeastern
- A diagnosis, while an important part of the documentation review process, in and of itself may not qualify a student for accommodations
Questions regarding these guidelines may be directed to DRCdocumentation@northeastern.edu or (617) 373 – 2675.
Frequently Asked Questions for Incoming Students
I have a diagnosed condition but I don’t need any formal accommodations right now. Should I register with the DRC?
We do encourage students to apply for accommodations even if they are not sure if they will need to use them. Accommodations are not retroactive, so we suggest applying sooner rather than later, in the event you need to use them in the future.
What documentation do I need to submit?
Documentation can vary based on your individual diagnosis. All students should complete a Student Self-Disclosure Form and provide verification of any prior accommodations they have used. Additionally, we require information about your diagnosis from a currently-treating clinician. You can find more information about documentation guidelines here.
I had an IEP or 504 plan in high school. How can I request accommodations?
Please note that a 504 plan or IEP establishes a history of accommodation use, but alone they are not enough to approve accommodations in college. You will also need to provide a Student Disclosure Form and any updated clinical documentation.
Who will have access to the very personal information contained in my documentation? Will the DRC share this information with anyone or will any of my official records be flagged if I receive accommodations?
All documentation is strictly confidential, only DRC professional staff have access to it. We only share your approved accommodations with professors. Anything else is shared only with the student’s consent. There are no public records that will indicate that you received accommodations. Advisor, residence life staff, and co-op employers do not have access to any DRC information.
Does the DRC have anything to do with admission to Northeastern?
The DRC does not have a role in the admissions process. We do not review applications or supply any input on particular applicants.
I was last evaluated in high school. How recent does the evaluation documentation need to be?
The DRC does not limit evaluations based on age. Instead, we use a multi-source process to determine eligibility for accommodations and the time at which the evaluation was conducted is considered in this review. It is possible you will need an update, but we encourage you to speak with a specialist first. You can find more information about documentation guidelines here.
I don’t have a formal diagnosis, but I am really struggling. How can I be evaluated?
Please contact the university’s Behavioral Health Referral Coordinator at UHCS to get a referral to an off-campus provider. You can find more information at their website or the coordinator can be reached by phone at 617-373-2772, option #5.
I recently received a diagnosis. How do I know what accommodations to request or if I would qualify for services?
The DRC has a disability specialist available during operating hours to meet with you in person or on the phone to talk about this in more detail. They will ask you some questions about your experience and guide you through the process of requesting formal accommodations. The process is entirely confidential and you may change your mind at any time.
Will I need to resubmit documentation each semester?
No, once you officially register with the DRC and complete the Student Service Agreement, you do not need to resubmit documentation. Should you wish to apply for additional accommodations, you can always submit updated or additional information at any time.
I am taking classes online or on a different Northeastern campus. Can I still request accommodations?
The Disability Resource Center provides accommodations to all eligible students taking classes across Northeastern’s global network. Regardless of where you are taking classes or if they are online, the accommodation approval process is the same.
Does the DRC provide tutoring?
What is the difference between the LDP and the DRC?
The DRC provides accommodations to all eligible students. The Learning Disabilities Program is a paid application-based academic support program designed for students whose primary diagnosis is a learning disability or ADHD. Please see the LDP’s website for additional information.
When do I send in my documentation?
You can send it at any time after you have applied to the university, but keep in mind that it can take up to two to three weeks to review your documentation once you have submitted documentation. For this reason we encourage you to begin working with our office as early as possible.
I’ve read that you want documentation well in advance of my needing services, why? When will I hear back about my accommodation requests?
Documentation goes through a thorough, case-by-case review process. Due to the volume of documentation we receive, it can take some time for it to move through our queue. Also, if the Documentation Review Committee determines that we need additional information from you, it could take time for you to submit it. Please allow two to three weeks for our accommodation review process. A specialist will email you when the documentation committee completes their review and provide you with next steps.
If I wait to register with the DRC until after classes start and I run into difficulty, will I be able to go back and retake my exams?
Services and accommodations are NOT retroactive. They begin only after you have provided adequate documentation and have had a registration meeting with a Disability Specialist. For this reason, we encourage students to start the process proactively.
I would like to try to navigate college without receiving any help from the DRC. Can I register later if I need it?
The choice of requesting or using accommodations is always yours to make. However, since it can take several weeks for documentation to get through the review process, it is better to submit documentation so that accommodations are in place if needed. You can then choose when to use your approved services and there is no penalty for not doing so.