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ADA/Section 504/508

Rogue Community College abides by The Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Both laws were created to insure non-discrimination and directly impact post-secondary education.

ADA: ". . .no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity." CFR 104.43

Section 504: "Any institution receiving federal funds cannot discriminate on basis of disability and must provide equal access."

At the postsecondary level, the recipient is required to provide students with appropriate academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services that are necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in a school's program. Recipients are not required to make adjustments or provide aids or services that would result in a fundamental alteration of a recipient's program or impose an undue burden. CFR 104.44

Accommodations Must:

  • Be effective! They must remove the barrier.
  • Be appropriately related to the student’s disability/functional limitations.
  • Be equal or better than.
  • Maintain essential elements of the course (academic integrity).

Accommodations Must Not:

  • Fundamentally alter the essential functions of a course. Academic and technical standards cannot be modified or waved.
  • Be of a personal nature. (Transportation, JAWS on a student’s home computer)
  • Impose a Direct Threat to others (not self).
  • Give a student an unfair advantage.
  • Present an undue hardship.
    • Disruptive behavior whether due to a disability or not is not permitted.
    • Cost prohibitive. (AHEAD)

ADA/504/508 Compliance

The ADA/504/508 compliance efforts are promulgated by Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The purpose of designating a compliance officer is to oversee compliance with these nondiscrimination laws and provide leadership in instituting equitable policies and practices for students and employees with disabilities. The compliance officer oversees procedures for, investigations of, and responses to complaints, grievances, and inquiries from employees, students, the general public, and enforcement authorities regarding accessibility concerns and general ADA compliance issues. On a case-by-case basis, and depending on the nature of a complaint, the compliance officer convenes the RCC Accessibility Committee and/or an ad hoc committee of experts to address the complaint in a timely manner and to ensure reasonable measures are taken to resolve the issue.

The following person serves as RCC's ADA/504/508 Compliance Officer: Vice President of People, Culture, and Safety and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO):
Jamee Harrington
[email protected]
Redwood Campus, Josephine Building