UNC Asheville is dedicated to ensuring equal access to all students, employees, and visitors. The Accessibility website provides information on Campus Accessibility which includes information on equal access on campus, UNC Asheville Accessibility Directory which provides contacts to communicate access concerns, Accessible Technologies for Faculty and Staff, students, and visitors, and Accessibility and Disability Etiquette, a guide for how to create an accessible environment and maintain respectful etiquette towards the UNC Asheville community affected by difference and disability.
Policy of Nondiscrimination
UNC Asheville does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. In September 1973, Congress passed Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 504 states:“No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States shall, solely on the basis of their handicap, be excluded from participation or be denied benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) gives individuals with disabilities civil rights protection that is similar to that provided to all individuals on the basis of race, sex, national origin, and religion. The act guarantees equal opportunity in employment, public accommodations, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.
Consistent with the ADA and Section 504, the policy of UNC Asheville is that no qualified person may be discriminated against on the basis of his or her disability. Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to seek admission to the University. UNC Asheville promotes affirmative efforts to employ individuals with disabilities and to accommodate students with disabilities. The University’s goal is to promote equal opportunity in employment and institutional programs for all individuals with disabilities.