Definition of a Person with a Disability

A "person with a disability" is defined by the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as "any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment". Students are eligible for protection under these laws if they have a disability, have declared that disability, provided appropriate documentation, and are "otherwise qualified" to participate in the University’s programs and activities. A "qualified" individual is a student who meets the requisite academic and technical standards required for admission to the University. Students who have provided the University with documentation of a disability may request reasonable modification, accommodations, or auxiliary aids which will enable them to participate in and benefit from the University’s programs and activities, but will not alter the essential nature or requirements of the programs and activities.

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