Office of the General Counsel

Non-Discrimination with Respect to Students

Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504)
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504)
29 U.S.C. § 794 et seq., definitions at 29 U.S.C. § 706; 34 C.F.R. § 104.1 et seq., with regulations for postsecondary education institutions at 34 C.F.R. 104.41-47, 45 C.F.R. § 84.1 et seq.; 46 Fed. Reg. 40,686 (Aug. 11, 1981)

The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability at any federally-funded institution. This covers admissions, recruitment, programs and services. The college's physical facilities must be accessible to persons with disabilities. A grievance procedure must be established for students and at least one employee must be designated to coordinate compliance. See 34 C.F.R. § 104.7. Notices of the institution's policy must be provided to the students, and must also be included in recruitment materials. Note, however, that grievance procedures need not be established with respect to complaints from applicants for admission.

Last Modified: 10/31/06 at 12:18:19 PM