Non-Discrimination, Students with Disabilities Policy



Policy Statement

Syracuse University is an educational community that values diversity and seeks to promote meaningful access to educational opportunity for all its students. Syracuse University is committed to full compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and its own Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, which provides in relevant part that:

Students have the right not to be discriminated against by any agent or organization of Syracuse University for reasons of age, creed, ethnic or national origin, gender, disability, marital status, political or social affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. In their individual roles as members of student organizations, students have the responsibility not to discriminate against others.

Syracuse University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities to afford an opportunity for their full participation in the University’s educational programs and activities. Although Syracuse University is not required by law to fundamentally alter the nature of its academic or other programs or services, the University will provide reasonable accommodations. All members of the University community are responsible for promoting compliance with this policy.

In general a person with a disability is defined as any person who: (1) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities; (2) has a record of such an impairment; or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment. Reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to extended time on examinations; modified testing procedures; use of academic aides in the classroom, such as note takers and sign language interpreters; substitution of similar or related work for a non-fundamental program requirement; early advisement and assistance with registration and obtaining necessary materials for class; the provision of special furniture, equipment, or other adaptations in a classroom, laboratory, or other facility; provision of access to residential or other structures.

Policy Administration

Links to Procedures and Related Information

Date: 1973
Amended: 1990, 1991