Please contact Mentoring To Succeed for assistance to determine the accommodations and special aids that your student may need and is eligible to receive in college
Section 504 is a law that prohibits discrimination of students on the basis of physical or mental disability ( 29 U.S.C. Section 794). The Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education enforces regulations implementing Section 504 with respect to programs and activities that receive funding from the Department. The section 504 regulation applies to all recipients of this funding, including colleges, universities, and postsecondary vocational education and adult education programs. Failure to provide these auxiliary aids to students with disabilities that results in a denial of a program is discriminatory and prohibited by Section 504.
The Difference Between Special Education Services in K-12 compared to College.
|K THROUGH 12||POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION|
|Right to an education||No right|
|District identifies disability||Student responsible in
providing documentation that establishes:
A) Verification of disability
B) Need for accommodation
|Free evaluation||Student's responsibility
|District plans Educational Plan||Student identifies need
|District ensures that the I.E.P. is implemented||Student responsible for own progress|
|Teaches advocate||Student advocates for self|
|Fundamental alterations to program of study made||None allowed: Accommodation may not alter
fundamental nature of course or impose an
undue burden on an institution
|Success (more of a right)||No guarantee|
FERPA LAW – THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT
This US federal law also gave students 18 years old or older, or students of any age if enrolled in any post-secondary educational institution, the right of privacy regarding grades, enrollment, and even billing information, unless the school has specific permission from the student to share that specific type of information.
Examples of situations affected by FERPA include school employees divulging information to anyone other than the student about the student’s grades or behavior, and school work posted on a bulletin board with a grade. Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record.
FERPA also permits a school to disclose personally identifiable information from education records of an “eligible student” (a student age 18 or older or enrolled in a postsecondary institution at any age) to his or her parents if the student is a ‘dependent student’ as that term is defined in Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code. Generally, if either parent has claimed the student as a dependent on the parent’s most recent income tax statement, the school may non-consensually disclose the student’s education records to both parents.
The law allowed students who apply to an educational institution such as graduate school permission to view recommendations submitted by others as part of the application. However, on standard application forms, students are given the option to waive this right.
FERPA specifically excluded employees of an educational institution if they are not students.