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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. 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 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 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.
An individual has a disability within the meaning of these laws if:
An episodic impairment or impairment in remission is a disability if it would substantially limit a major life activity when not in remission. The determination of whether the impairment substantially limits a major life activity will be made without regard to the ameliorative effects of mitigating measures (e.g., except for ordinary eyeglasses or contact lenses).
Examples of major life activities include caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.
CTD provides reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities in order to provide students an equal opportunity to participate in its programs. Parents or students must request such supports and are strongly encouraged to provide documentation showing that (1) the student is an individual with a disability and (2) the requested supports are needed to provide the student with an equal opportunity to participate in CTD’s program. The following are examples of the types of documentation that is accepted by CTD:
Based on the documentation provided and in consultation with the family, CTD will determine the individual student’s eligibility for reasonable accommodation. If CTD determines that a student is eligible, then CTD will notify the parent(s) or guardian(s) and the student’s supervisors of the accommodation CTD is able to provide for the student.
Examples of reasonable accommodations for supplemental enrichment activities include positioning the student in close proximity to the instructor, movement breaks, and project modifications. Due to the limited timeframe for CTD programs, extended time may not be available. All reasonable accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.
CTD permits the use of service animals by individuals with disabilities. A service animal is, for instance, a dog or miniature horse that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other disability.
Parents or students must notify CTD in advance that a student will be accompanied by a service animal.
CTD will ask a parent/student to remove a service animal in the following circumstances:
It is the practice 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 each student individually based on the specific requests and needs of the student.
Parents or students may coordinate support for transgender and gender nonconforming students by contacting the Program Coordinator.
If a request for an accommodation or accessibility support is not approved, a parent or student may appeal the decision by submitting a written request for review to CTD’s Director at firstname.lastname@example.org within 10 calendar days of the contested decision.
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 practice of CTD to address the needs and concerns of transgender and gender nonconforming staff to ensure a safe, affirming, and healthy environment. CTD is committed to proactively creating a culture that respects and values all individuals. Staff members should contact the Program Coordinator to discuss requests.
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 reserves the right to suspend and delete user accounts (with or without prior notice) at its discretion if the services are used in a manner that violates applicable laws, applicable university policies, CTD's agreements with the service provider, CTD's student code of conduct, or rules of the CTD program in which a participant is enrolled. CTD may also remove inactive accounts and delete user-created content. CTD will delete accounts for students at the written request of parents withdrawing students from CTD's 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, is exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3): Northwestern University tax exempt status information.
Center for Talent Development offers a variety of talent identification and academic enrichment and acceleration programs designed to meet the learning needs of high-ability students age 4 through grade 12. Every program and each course type has eligibility criteria in order to create the best match between an enrolled student and the learning environment. Eligibility can be established using test scores (above-grade level or grade level, depending on program and course type), a portfolio or previous participation in a CTD course with the same qualifying criteria within the last two years. CTD reserves the right to request additional information beyond the requisite test scores or portfolio requirements to make an admission decision. Final decisions about eligibility and program acceptance are made at the discretion of Center for Talent Development staff.
The safety of staff and students is of utmost importance and the decision to close a program is not taken lightly. Before deciding to close a program due to extreme weather conditions, health or safety issues, and/or facility emergencies, the Center for Talent Development consults with a variety of experts both inside and outside the Center. Our commitment is to keep families, staff and the community informed of weather-related, health or safety-related and building emergency issues that may force a program closure.
To protect the safety and privacy of the students, the Center for Talent Development’s customary practice is not to share information concerning a student with anyone not identified in the student’s application materials as a parent/guardian without written consent.
Unless required by law, needed for essential services as part of an approved agreement (e.g., Magnus, Schoology, etc.), 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 parental consent, as it does for NUMATS label rentals or for reporting student scores to schools, the center may provide names and addresses of individuals to third parties that have programs geared toward academically talented youth.
Information collected may be used for internal research purposes. With appropriate Internal Review Board (IRB) approval and consent, personally identifiable information may be used for research projects and publications.
CTD's agreements with the providers of its main end user technology platforms require compliance with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA.)
When you register your child for a CTD program, you are indicating consent for CTD to make use of these technology platforms in the delivery of programs and services to you and your child.
When you register your child for a CTD program, you are also indicating consent for CTD to allow your child to use other online tools and resources it selects for individual courses and programs within the limits of FERPA, COPPA, other applicable laws, and CTD and Northwestern University policies.
CTD uses Google Apps for Education in some of its programs to provide opportunities for online collaboration, to provide online storage for student and teacher-created resources, to host and distribute digital media in a secure environment, and to provision CTD email accounts. By registering your child for a CTD program, you give consent for CTD to create Google Apps for Education accounts for you and your child and give consent to Google to provide the Google Apps for Education service to you and your child in accordance CTD's agreement with Google.
CTD's administrators have the ability to access, monitor, use, or disclose data available to end users within the end user accounts through the Google Apps for Education administrative console for the purpose of administering CTD's programs, investigating concerns regarding student safety, or complying to requests from law enforcement authorities. Otherwise, CTD will not use or share with third parties any user data in CTD's Google Apps for Education domain without first obtaining additional user consent.
CTD will make reasonable efforts to prevent unauthorized use of Google services in its domain, and will notify Google of any unauthorised use of, or access to, the Services of which it becomes aware. CTD does not endorse content created by its students or their parents that may be housed or shared via Google Apps for Education.
Google agrees not to display advertising within CTD's Google Apps for Education domain. For more information about privacy and security in Google Apps for Education, see www.google.com/edu/privacy.html