This page contains the rights and responsibilities under sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 under the jurisdiction of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Central Michigan University is a covered entity.
Section 504 and the ADA protect qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of benefits and services. See the ADA.gov for an explanation of who is a qualified individual with a disability and more detailed information about rights and responsibilities.
Central Michigan University will not, on the basis of disability:
- Exclude a person with a disability from a program or activity;
- Categorically deny entry into University programs;
- Deny a person with a disability the benefits of a program or activity;
- Afford a person with a disability an opportunity to participate in or benefit from a benefit or service that is not equal to what is afforded others;
- Provide a benefit or service to a person with a disability that is not as effective as what is provided others;
- Provide different or separate benefits or services to a person with a disability unless necessary to provide benefits or services that are as effective as what is provided others;
- Apply eligibility criteria that tend to screen out persons with disabilities unless necessary for the provision of the service, program or activity;
- Forbid a student with a disability to use an academic adjustment, where required by federal law, including an aid or service, if that prohibition limits the student's participation in a university program, or requires the student to waive his or her right to an academic adjustment, such as an aid or service, in order to participate in the program.
Central Michigan University must:
- Evaluate and work with an applicant or student to determine essential requirements for admission into a program on a case-by-case basis;
- Provide services and programs in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of the qualified individual with a disability;
- Ensure that programs, services, activities, and facilities are accessible;
- Measure a student's achievement and not the extent of an individual's disability;
- Make reasonable modifications in their policies, practices, and procedures to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability, unless it would result in a fundamental alteration of the program;
- Provide auxiliary aids to persons with disabilities, at no additional cost, where necessary to afford an equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from a program or activity;
- Provide auxiliary aids and services in an accessible format and in a timely manner;
- Have a discussion of services which have or have not been effective in the past;
- Analyze the appropriateness of an aid or service in its specific context, e.g., the appropriateness of sign-language interpreters in the context of student teaching or during clinical rotations or internships;
- Give primary consideration to the request of the individual with a disability in determining what types of auxiliary aids and services are necessary;
- Discuss with the student individual circumstances unique to the University such as course requirements;
- Designate a responsible individual to coordinate their efforts to comply with Section 504 and the ADA;
- Adopt grievance procedures to handle complaints of disability discrimination in their programs and activities;
- Provide notice that indicates:
- CMU does not discriminate on the basis of disability;
- How to contact the appropriate individuals at CMU who coordinates the efforts to comply with the law; and
- Information about the grievance procedures.
- The Director of Disability Services, in conjunction with members of the ADAC, work with individual offices across campus and individuals to ensure effective communication with applicants, participants, members of the public and companions with disabilities to ensure each has a sufficient means of communication to gain equal access to participate and enjoy the benefits of a service, a program or activity of the University.
Section 508 requires that any electronic and information technology used, maintained, developed, or procured by the Federal government allow persons with disabilities, comparable access to information and technology. This applies to persons with disabilities who use assistive technology to read and navigate electronic materials.