Disability Laws

Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504

Mount Holyoke College is committed to its moral, educational, and legal responsibility for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the ADA Amendment Act of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1998. To this end, discrimination due to a disability is prohibited in programs, services, and activities. We are resolved to fulfill our responsibilities to students with a disability at Mount Holyoke College.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1998 states that No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

The Americans with Disabilities Act states that No qualified individual with a disability shall by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of the services, programs or activities of a public entity, or to be subjected to discrimination by such entity.

In order to respect the independence and rights of students with disabilities, the college initiates services only after voluntary disclosure of a disability, submission and verification of appropriate documentation of a disability, and a request for an accommodation. A student’s choice not to disclose a disability is fully respected.

AccessAbility Services is the designated service at Mount Holyoke College for students to voluntarily disclose a disability, submit appropriate documentation for verification, and request accommodations.

The College has named Rene Davis, Dean of Students, as the Section 504 Coordinator to oversee the College's obligations to the various federal and state disabilities laws.  The Section 504 Coordinator is responsible for addressing concerns of discrimination based on disability, the denial of an accommodation, or access to information and training on the College's obligations.  The Section 504 Coordinator can be reached via telephone at (413) 538-2550 TTY (413) 538-2860, email at: section504coordinator@mtholyoke.edu or in person at Mary Lyon Hall. rm 300, 50 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075.