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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States…shall, solely on the basis of a disability, be denied access to, or the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity provided by any institution receiving federal financial assistance. Visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website on transition to postsecondary education for more information.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

A person is considered to have a disability if the person

  • Has a physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities include, but are not limited to self-care, manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working
  • Has a record of a substantially limiting condition
  • Is regarded as substantially limited

An institution is required to be prepared to make reasonable academic adjustments and accommodations to allow students with disabilities full participation in the same programs and activities available to students without disabilities.

With relation to a university setting, a qualified person with a disability is one who meets the academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in the institution’s educational programs or activities.

Visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website  on the ADA for more information.

Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act (FERPA)

FERPA is a federal law that governs the rights of students and institutional responsibilities with respect to student records.