Laws and Regulations
Information for Faculty
In a post-secondary educational setting, there are certain laws and regulations a college must abide by when providing accommodations to students with disabilities. This page outlines those laws and regulations, and provides resources on where to find more information.
On this Page:
- The Americans with Disabilities Act and 504
- Student Disclosure
- Non-discrimination Policy
- Emergency Procedures
- Outside Resources
- Related Pages
- The ADA is a federal law designed to give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities to stop discrimination.
- It applies to employers, state and government agencies, places of public accommodation, transportation facilities, telephone companies, and the U.S. Congress.
- Title II of the ADA states that public colleges and universities are required to provide auxiliary aids and services to qualified students with disabilities.
- Providing these services does not mean these students get special treatment, but rather ensures equal opportunity to participate in classes and activities offered by the college.
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs and activities, public and private, that receive federal financial assistance.
Rules governing disability services are different in college than in K-12, which can be an adjustment for many students and their families. Here at LCC, the entire accommodation process must be student-initiated. The student is responsible for his or her own accommodation requests and disability-related decisions. Confidentiality laws prohibit CAR staff from discussing student information with any staff that do not have a "need to know" and anyone outside of the institution without written consent. Choosing whether or not to obtain disability accommodations is one of the valuable experiences students will gain in college.
As per the ADA, a student is not required to disclose if they have a disability. However, if the student wishes to utilize academic accommodations in classes, they must follow college procedures by completing the CAR application, submission of disability verification for review and accommodation assessment, and intake appointment. If the student wants to discuss their accommodations, it is important for faculty to do this in a private meeting for confidentiality purposes. Faculty are not permitted to ask a student if they have a disability.
Federal and state law prohibit discrimination of a student on the basis of a disability. For more information on the policies and guidelines surrounding this, please visit COPPS.
In cases of emergency evacuations, faculty members should be aware of options for students and staff with mobility difficulties. There is an “Area of Rescue” in Building 16 Room 229. Emergency evacuation devices (Evacu-Tracs) are located in the Center Building on the fourth and in the basement, in Building 30, and at the Mary Spilde Downtown Center (formerly the Downtown Campus). Learn more on our evacuation webpage.
Faculty and staff may wonder what their role is when students or other staff/faculty have an observable seizure. Below are the steps that faculty should take:
• Call Public Safety at 5555 FIRST
• Be specific about location and ask someone to stand at the entrance where responders are likely to come in the building.
• Ensure that the student’s space is clear of any furniture or other items that may cause the person harm during the seizure (i.e. backpacks).
• Keep person from falling if possible and guide the person to the floor.
• Try to position the person on their side so any fluid can drain from the mouth.
• Do not put anything in the person’s mouth, hold, or restrain the person in any way.
• If possible, clear the room to ensure safety of other individuals.
Public safety will determine if an ambulance needs to be called, or other steps need to be taken. Do not cancel the emergency call, allow Public Safety to evaluate the situation on arrival. Visit LCC’s COPPS emergency plan webpage for more information on medical emergencies.
If a student discloses to you that they have a seizure disorder, please refer them to CAR.
- Who am I permitted to share a student’s Letter of Accommodation with?
- Any information in a student’s LOA should not be shared with anyone that is not on a “need to know” basis regarding the student. Any discussions regarding a student’s accommodations should be done in a private setting.
- Why was a student’s Letter of Accommodation not sent to my personal email address?
- Due to FERPA, CAR is only able to send information pertaining to LCC students to @lanecc.edu email accounts. This includes Letters of Accommodation. If you are concerned that you may not be receiving CAR emails to your LCC email address, you can refer to our website for information about troubleshooting email communications: updated link.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) webpage
- Title II of the ADA webpage
- The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) webpage
- The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) webpage
- PDF: CAR Presentation: Unlimited Occupational Opportunities means Unlimited Educational Opportunities
- Evacuation Webpage