Age Discrimination - Students

The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 prohibits the university from discriminating against students based on their age.  The law applies to all William & Mary educational programs and activities. 

Unlike the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Age Discrimination Act does not only protect older students.  In fact, there is no age cut-off or limit in the Age Discrimination Act.  

The Age Discrimination Act does allow the university to use student age as a factor in decisions or policies regarding a program or activity when necessary to the normal operation of the program or activity.  

William & Mary's Chief Compliance Officer is the Age Discrimination Act Coordinator, responsible for coordinating efforts to comply with the law and investigate complaints of age discrimination.  

The Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education enforces the Age Discrimination Act and provides information about the law.