Disability Law

It is the policy and practice of UNC Charlotte to comply fully with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and all other federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. The ADA was designed to extend civil rights protection to people with disabilities. Title II of the ADA mandates that government agencies or those that receive government funds make their programs and services accessible to persons with disabilities. Even before the passage of the ADA, UNC Charlotte was covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, sections 503 and 504, which mandated that programs and services be accessible to people with disabilities.

A disability is an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Categories of disabilities include Learning, Psychological, Medical, Physical and ADHD.  Refer to “Types of Disabilities”  for further information and examples within these categories.

Under the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, UNC Charlotte may not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, educational process, or treatment of students. Students who have self-identified, provided documentation of disability, and requested accommodations are entitled to receive approved modifications of programs, appropriate academic adjustments, or auxiliary aids that enable them to participate in and benefit from all educational programs and activities.

The University’s ADA policy may be found at http://legal.uncc.edu/policies/up-501

UNC Charlotte may not:

  • Limit the number of students with disabilities admitted
  • Exclude a student with a disability from any course of study on the basis of his/her disability
  • Counsel students with disabilities towards a more restrictive career than students without disabilities, unless such counsel is based on strict licensing or certification requirements in the profession
  • Measure student achievement using modes that adversely discriminate against students with disabilities
  • Institute prohibitive rules that may adversely affect the performance of students with disabilities