FYI on ADA and 504

The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act are intended to end discrimination towards people with disabilities. Colleges and universities are required to provide auxiliary aids and services to qualified students with disabilities. It is not to be considered special treatment, but instead, equal opportunity for all.

Faculty and staff members play a vital role in these efforts by providing accommodations to prevent discrimination. Remember, a qualified professional is making accommodation decisions by carefully reviewing documentation. If a student asks you to provide accommodations, but you have never received notice from the Center for Equal Access, recommend that the student take appropriate measures to remedy the situation.

Remember that complying with the warranted accommodations does not compromise the integrity of The College of St. Scholastica, class, or any extra-curricular activity. Ultimately, the services are provided to "level the playing field." Once the accommodations are provided, a student's course work should be treated as any other. Students should not be graded more harshly or treated unfairly. This would negate the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

For more information concerning ADA and Section 504, go to the following websites:

Americans with Disabilities Act
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973