Disability Resource Center


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Disability Resource Center
Campus Life Building, Suite 180
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
815-753-9570 (fax)

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Spring 2020 (PDF)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Beginning Monday, November 23, 2020, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) office on campus is closed but the staff is continuing to operate remotely.

To request assistance, please call 815-753-1303 to leave a message or email the DRC at drc@niu.edu. Staff will reply promptly during normal business hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Exam Accommodations

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we're changing how we arrange for exam accommodations. We're asking students to schedule all exams in the semester in advance on one form (and cancel if no longer needed). For face-to-face and hybrid course exams that need to be proctored in-person please follow these steps:

  1. Discuss the upcoming test dates with your professor.
  2. Download the exam accommodation form.
  3. Fill in your information.
  4. Send the form to drc_exam@niu.edu with your professor copied on the email as soon as possible, so we can ensure physical distancing requirements. Include all the test dates in this email.
  5. The DRC will then confirm test session details with your professor.

If you're unable to determine all your exams in advance, you'll need to submit an individual form at least three business days before a scheduled exam.

If you're enrolled in a strictly online course, you should plan to take exams with accommodations on the course platform. Discuss this with your professor prior to any exams with your professor.

Please note: We may change this process based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic

We've Moved!

In an effort to provide a more equitable and accessible environment we have relocated to the first floor of the Campus Life Building (suite 180).

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) offers guidance, services and resources to help you succeed at NIU. We will work with you to determine your needs and develop a plan to meet them. Come prepared to discuss issues related to accessibility that may impact your success at NIU.

Our office works to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students and the campus community. Exam accommodations, classroom accommodations, reformatting of course materials and adaptive technology are a few of the accommodations we offer.

Promoting self-advocacy and communication skills, we focus on helping students create collaborative relationships with faculty and staff. Faculty are integral to supporting students who are eligible for accommodations in the classroom. We work with faculty and department staff so accommodations are understood and implemented for student access and success.

We work closely with and support the efforts of the Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities. The students, faculty and staff who serve on the commission make recommendations to the president regarding people with disabilities at NIU.