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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973-(SECTION 504)

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.

Right to an educationNo right
District identifies disabilityStudent responsible in
providing documentation that establishes:
A) Verification of disability
B) Need for accommodation
Free evaluationStudent's responsibility
District plans Educational PlanStudent identifies need
District ensures that the I.E.P. is implementedStudent responsible for own progress
Teaches advocateStudent advocates for self
Fundamental alterations to program of study madeNone allowed: Accommodation may not alter
fundamental nature of course or impose an
undue burden on an institution
Personal servicesNone
Success (more of a right)No guarantee


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.

This privacy policy also governs how state agencies transmit testing data to federal agencies. For example see Education Data Network.

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.

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