ORIGINATOR: Office of Student Life

DATE: July, 2001

POLICY #92-2



To state policies and procedures concerning accessibility and accommodations for qualified students with disabilities as regulated under federal and state laws.


A qualified disabled person is an individual with disabilities who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission or participation in any of the University's educational programs or activities. In Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, a disabled individual is identified as anyone with a physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or more of such major life activities as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, working, or learning. A history of such a disability, whether it is so or not, is also recognized as a disability under both Section 504 and American Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). A.I.D.S. is a disability under federal and state law.


Deans, Directors, Department Heads and Faculty Members (hereinafter "University member").


This policy applies to all programs and activities operated or sponsored by or on behalf of the University of Rhode Island. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires that the University operate all programs and activities in a manner which does not discriminate on the basis of the individual's disability. This includes, but is not limited to: recruitment, admission, academic programs, research, employment, occupational training, housing, health insurance counseling, financial aid, physical education, athletics, recreation, and transportation.

-Qualified students with disabilities must be afforded an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from all University programs and activities.

-Qualified students with disabilities must be afforded the opportunity to participate in an integrated manner in any course, course of study, or other part of the programs or activities offered by the University

-Academic requirements will be modified, on a case by case basis, to afford qualified disabled students and applicants an equal opportunity. Course examinations or other procedures for evaluating a student's academic achievement will ensure to the extent reasonably possible that the results of the evaluation represent the student's ability without regard to his/her disability. Essential academic requirements which the University determines and can demonstrate will not be modified.

-University programs and activities must accommodate qualified disabled students with reasonable access including, but not limited to, classrooms, sign language interpreters, and location of examinations and student programs.

-Students with impaired sensory, manual or learning skills will be provided auxiliary aids which may include taped texts, interpreters, readers, and classroom equipment adapted for persons with manual impairments as determined by the Office of Disabled Student Services.


For further information, a regularly updated document titled Policies and Procedures: Academic & Administrative Accommodations for Students with Disabilities, is available through the Office of Student Life/Disability Services for Students.