Center for Talent Development (CTD), housed at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, is an accredited learning center and research facility. Northwestern University and Center for Talent Development are equal opportunity, affirmative action educators and employers. Northwestern University and CTD reserve the right to change without notice any statement on its website concerning, but not limited to, rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, courses, and faculty.
The information on this web page is not comprehensive; rather it provides an overview of several fundamental Northwestern and CTD policies. More policies, including program-specific policies and procedures, and additional detail about the following policies, are available on the Northwestern University website at http://policies.northwestern.edu and in CTD program handbooks.
Students associated with Center for Talent Development are held to all responsibilities of members of the Northwestern University community. The CTD Honor Code sets the tone and outlines expectations for all members of the CTD community. CTD students, staff and administrators pledge to abide by the Honor Code in both letter and spirit.
In order to create a safe and successful learning community, I commit to
I understand that my actions will shape our community, and that my membership in the community depends on my honoring this code.
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. This includes harassing conduct affecting tangible job benefits, interfering unreasonably with an individual’s academic or work performance, or creating what a reasonable person would perceive is an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence.
For further information visit www.northwestern.edu/hr/equlopp-access/equal-employment-opportunity/nondiscrimination.html.
It is the policy of Northwestern University that no member of the Northwestern community—students, faculty, administrators, staff, vendors, contractors, or third parties—may sexually harass any other member of the community. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, which includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances; the use or threatened use of sexual favors as a basis for academic or employment decisions; conduct that creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive academic or working environment; conduct that has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance; and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to limit a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity. Sexual harassment is a type of conduct prohibited under the University’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct.
For further details, advice or assistance regarding this policy, see the University Sexual Harassment Prevention Office website at www.northwestern.edu/sexual-harassment.
CTD strives to create a learning environment that encourages and supports all of its students and staff. Further, CTD complies with laws that protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504). The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) does not apply to CTD.
It is the policy of CTD to address the needs and concerns of transgender and gender nonconforming students to ensure a safe, affirming, and healthy environment. CTD is committed to proactively creating a culture that respects and values all individuals. CTD is committed to working to support and accommodate each student individually based on the specific requests and needs of each student.
For more information on CTD’s policies and procedures, including as they relate to accommodating individuals with disabilities and other accommodations, please contact the Summer Program Coordinator to discuss any needs for assistance or accommodation.
An academically qualified student with disabilities will be provided with access to accommodations which are consistent with the student’s needs and the essential requirements of the program or course of study in which the student is enrolled.
Good communication is essential to making sure that a student’s program experience is a positive one. If your child has a disability that requires accommodations, you must contact the program coordinator to discuss those needs in the context of the academic, social and/or residential aspects of the program. Appropriate services and accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Because accommodations need to be reviewed and approved each year to ensure appropriate services are provided, you must contact the program coordinator each year, even if your child received accommodations at past programs. CTD will maintain confidentiality of communications except where permitted or required by law or when the family requests that such information be shared.
A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service or activity that enables a qualified student with a disability to obtain equal access. Equal access means an opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to a similarly situated student without a disability. Only the peripheral requirements of courses, programs and activities are subject to modification. Essential elements of courses, programs and activities will remain intact. CTD is obligated to make a reasonable accommodation only for known limitations of otherwise qualified students with disabilities.
In order for decisions to be made regarding the appropriate accommodations for each student, documentation of the disability by a licensed professional that includes resulting limitations and recommended accommodations will be required. You must also disclose any disabilities for which you seek accommodation
More information on Northwestern University policies and procedures is available on the web at www.northwestern.edu/disability.
Northwestern University reasonably accommodates all employees with disabilities as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other relevant laws. Failure to reasonably accommodate employees with disabilities is a violation of federal/state law and campus policy.Employees are asked to provide input concerning the accommodation process, however, Northwestern University will determine what constitutes a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis and reserves the right to request additional independent medical examinations, evaluations or other appropriate information.
Disability information is treated as confidential and will be shared with University administrators only on a need to know basis. Northwestern University will not provide accommodations without appropriate documentation.
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access is the administrative office responsible for the management, implementation and coordination of the Disabilities Accommodation Policy. All employment accommodations and/or employment decisions related to disabilities must be approved by the Director, Office of Equal
Opportunity and Access. Concerns with respect to architectural barriers and building/program disability related modifications also should be directed to the Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Access.
For more information on Northwestern University policies and procedures regarding students and staff with disabilities, please visit: www.northwestern.edu/disability.
It is the policy of Northwestern University to maintain access to local, national, and international networks for the purpose of supporting its fundamental activities of instruction, research, and administration. Users of the network are to take the necessary measures to safeguard the operating integrity of the systems and the accessibility of other users. Read the policies online at www.it.northwestern.edu/policies/electronic-resources.html.
To maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all students, students and program staff must not download or post inappropriate materials online, including, but not limited to, statements, pictures, images (likenesses), or videos of or about CTD Programs or CTD participants without obtaining the necessary permissions. Students and program staff members must not post images (photos or video) of students on public access websites. All photo and video usage must be approved by CTD administration.
Because CTD students are minors, they do not have express permission to take or use images of other students. Likewise, program staff members do not have express permission to publish pictures or images of CTD students or other program staff members.
Northwestern University does not condone unlawful downloading and unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing of copyright-protected works. Individuals who engage in these practices are in violation of University policy and may be subject to University disciplinary action as well as civil and criminal penalties. Misuse of the Internet is punishable by dismissal from CTD programs.
CTD's website and CTD program and course materials may refer to third-party websites. Staff members review such websites for inappropriate content before referencing them. However, because web content continuously changes and is not controlled by CTD, CTD disclaims responsibility for the content contained on third-party websites. If you become aware of anything that may be inappropriate, please notify CTD staff (email@example.com) immediately.
Northwestern University and Center for Talent Development (CTD) are committed to protecting the privacy rights of any child in accordance with applicable laws. Accordingly, the following policy governs CTD’s treatment of students’ educational records in connection with its programs.
CTD gathers two types of information: personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information. Personally identifiable information includes, but is not limited to, first and last name, address, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, parent name, financial information for the purposes of billing and payment and credit card information for payment. Non-personally identifiable information includes, but is not limited to, gender, name of school the student attends, grade in school, ethnic background (optional), birth date, qualifying test scores and test date and center, primary language spoken at home (optional), household size and income (optional), course choice, and program location.
Unless required by law or authorized by parent(s) or legal guardian(s), CTD does not disclose personally identifiable information about its students to third parties. If CTD receives appropriate consent, the center may provide names and addresses of individuals to third parties who have programs geared toward academically talented youth. Non-personally identifiable information collected may be used for internal research purposes.
As program participants, students and families receive e-mail notifications regarding Center for Talent Development programs and services. If you do not wish to receive these e-mail messages, you may always unsubscribe through the unsubscribe option in the message footer. Please note that opting out of marketing emails will not prevent you from receiving nonmarketing notifications about CTD programs in which you or your child are active.