Section 504 and Americans With Disabilities Act

Section 504 and Americans With Disabilities Act

The University will not exclude or impede an individual from participation in University programs and activities solely based on a handicapping condition. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to facilitate applicants, students, employees and guests with qualifying conditions access to and participation in University programs, events, classes and administrative activities.

The Coordinator is charged with ensuring that the University complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendment Act. Employees and students who complain of any alleged violations may present their complaint to the Section 504 Coordinator, Jeffrey Taylor.

Students requesting accommodations should submit their request, along with their supporting documentation online, here. Once submitted, the Student Accessibility Committee will review the petition to determine if the student has a qualifying condition under Section 504/ADAAA. The committee will also verify that a credentialed professional substantiates the student’s request and that the assessment has been conducted within the past three years.

Students should apply for accommodations each semester, before classes begin. Please allow at least two weeks for a petition to be reviewed. Students hoping to participate in the Rome or summer programs should specifically request accommodations during the program application process in order to increase one’s potential to successfully participate.

Public events sponsored by University departments must include a clause as part of the event announcement which directs persons needing special assistance to the ADA coordinator at least 72 hours before the event. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to those requesting assistance.

Students who complain of any alleged violations of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendment Act may present their complaint to the Section 504/ADAAA coordinator. The coordinator assists in an information resolution of the complaint or guides the complainant to the appropriate individual or process for resolving the complaint. Complainants who are not faculty, staff or students who are not satisfied with the resolution of the problem by the coordinator may ask the Executive Vice President and Provost to review their situation. The decision of the Executive Vice President and Provost will be final.

 

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