General FAQ

1. What laws protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination in the college setting?

Individuals with disabilities are protected by Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2008, as well as other state and local regulations.  The Americans with Disabilities Act is chiefly civil rights legislation; oversight is provided by the Department of Justice and the Office of Civil Rights.

2. To whom do these regulations apply?

All enrolled students, visitors to our campus, potential students who are visiting as well as their parents, people attending cultural events, convocations, or graduation, faculty and staff members, and students studying abroad are protected by these laws.

3. Who has a duty to comply with disabilities regulations?

All employees of Elon University should be aware of and comply with these regulations.  Since classroom accommodations are not the sole type of accommodations provided, implementation and compliance is NOT just the responsibility of full time faculty and administrative staff.  It is ALSO the responsibility of adjuncts, teaching assistants and visiting professors; safety and security personnel; other students; performance and game ushers, grounds keepers; residence hall staff; and housekeeping staff, among others.

4. How do students at Elon University access Disabilities Services?

A student must disclose his or her disabilities to the Disabilities Services Coordinator and provide documentation that demonstrates that the individual has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Professors who have concerns about an individual who is not registered as a student with a disability are encouraged to refer that student to Disabilities Services in Duke 108.