The Catholic University of America

Responsibilities of the Director of the Office of Disability Support Services

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 as amended by the ADAAA of 2008

Section 504 prohibits the University from excluding otherwise qualified individuals with a disability from participation in any federally-funded program or activity, denying such individuals the benefits of such program or activity, or otherwise discriminating against such individuals because of such disability. The ADA, as amended, prohibits the University from discriminating against qualified individuals with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, against individuals perceived as disabled, or against individuals having a record of a disability. Episodic impairments or those that are in remission are covered under the Act.  Compliance with federal disability law meets the requirements for compliance with the disability portion of the DC Human Rights Act.

The Director of the Office of Disability Support Services is responsible for administering the process of student requests for accommodations under Section 504 and the ADA, including oversight of the provision of reasonable modifications to University programs or activities in order to allow qualified students to fully participate in those programs or activities. Details regarding the University’s process are set forth on the Disability Support Services web page.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

All records regarding a student’s disability are to be kept confidential, both under the ADA and under the student records law (FERPA). Thus, the manner in which records are kept is a key consideration in this area of the law. The Director of the Office of Disability Support Services is responsible for compliance with this legal requirement as it relates to disability records maintained in the Disability Support Services Office, as well as to any electronic records maintained.

Policies for which the Director of the Office of Disability Support Services is the Responsible Official

Disability Accommodations for Students Policy

Interpreter/Transcriber Request Policy

Other Related Policies

Accommodations at University Events Policy

Non-Discrimination/Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy

Recording Classroom Lectures Policy


Office of General Counsel, ADA Compliance