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Distance Education

Assistance for Students with Disabilities

Title 5, section 55200 - Definition and Application: Distance education means instruction in which the instructor and student are separated by distance and interact through the assistance of communication technology. All distance education is subject to the general requirements of this chapter as well as the specific requirements of this article. In addition, instruction provided as distance education is subject to the requirements that may be imposed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. §12100 et seq.) and section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended."

Title 5 is clear that online classes must fulfill the requirements of the Americans with Disability Act and section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (often abbreviated as "ADA" and "508"). These requirements deal with things such as media, format, alternate descriptions, color, tables, html code, and image maps.

Shaw University is committed to making a quality education possible for all students.

Students should understand that it is their responsibility to self-identify their need(s) for accommodation and that they must provide current, comprehensive diagnosis of a specific disability or medical condition from a qualified professional in order to receive services. Documentation must include specific recommendations for accommodation(s). Documentation should be provided in a timely manner prior to or early in the semester so that the requested accommodation can be considered and, if warranted, arranged.

For additional information on specific services and accommodations, students may call the Counseling Center at 919-546-8525 or 919-546-8286.  Please visit the Student Services Counseling website for further details.