504 Obligations

Under Section 504 what are post-secondary institutions like Ferris State University obligated to provide for a student with disabilities?

Postsecondary institutions are not required to lower academic standards to accommodate a student with a disability.

  • Students are eligible for academic adjustments, program modifications and auxiliary aids/services, but are not eligible for specially designed instruction.
  • Ferris State University has no obligation to identify students with disabilities, but only to inform applicants of the availability of disabilities services.
  • Students must self-identify, by providing documentation of their disability and the recommendations for the academic accommodations and services they request.
  • The categories of disability, the type of documentation required and who is qualified to conduct the assessment(s) may be different than K-12. Secondary I.E.P's and 504 plans are not sufficient at the college or university level for disability accommodations.
  • Documentation varies depending on the disability; generally it must be current and include the testing on which the accommodation recommendations are based.
  • Students must be evaluated at their own expense. Students usually are not required to be retested after initial documentation is approved.
  • Students only receive the necessary accommodations to provide equal opportunity for them to access education.