Internet Oversight Committee

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Sect. 504 (Public Law 93-112) indicates that educational programs receiving federal funds may not discriminate against students with disabilities based on their disability status. As institutions such as UNCG venture into online course offerings and online educational services (e.g., library services, registration services) it is important to understand what aspects of Section 504 may pertain to University Web offerings:

Sec. 504. (a) No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, as defined in section 7(20), shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance or under any program or activity conducted by any Executive agency or by the United States Postal Service. The head of each such agency shall promulgate such regulations as may be necessary to carry out the amendments to this section made by the Rehabilitation, Comprehensive Services, and Developmental Disabilities Act of 1978. Copies of any proposed regulation shall be submitted to appropriate authorizing committees of Congress, and such regulations may take effect no earlier than the thirtieth day after the date on which such regulation is so submitted to such committees.

The definition of program or activity, as applicable to UNCG, is stated in (b)(2)(A):

(b) For the purposes of this section, the term "program or activity" means all of the operations of -
(2)(A) A college, university, or other postsecondary institution, or a public system of higher education;