Application of Section 504 and the ADA to Postsecondary Education

The following information summarizes several key points about Section 504 and the ADA:

Qualified students with disabilities must be afforded an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from all post-secondary education programs and activities.

Qualified students with disabilities must be afforded the opportunity to participate in any course, or course of study, or other part of the education program or activity offered by the university. Programs and activities, in their entirety, must be offered in accessible settings.

Academic requirements must be modified, on a case-by-case basis, to afford qualified students with disabilities and applicants an equal educational opportunity. However, academic requirements that the university can demonstrate are essential will not be regarded as discriminatory.

A university may not impose upon students with disabilities rules that have the effect of limiting their participation in the university's educational programs or activities.

Students with impaired sensory, manual, or speaking skills must be provided auxiliary aids, such as taped texts, interpreters, readers, and classroom equipment adapted for persons with manual impairments.

Students with disabilities must be provided counseling and placement services in a nondiscriminatory manner. Specifically, qualified students with disabilities should be counseled toward career objectives just as their non-disabled counterparts with similar abilities.

Course materials should be made available in alternative formats (Braille, large type, audiotaped). All printed material must contain the statement "Available in alternative format upon request."