As a public university, William & Mary is subject to two federal laws relating to accommodations for individuals with disabilities: the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These statutes and their implementing regulations prohibit the university from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities. They also prohibit the university from excluding such individuals from participating in its programs or activities, or denying them the benefits of such programs and activities. These prohibitions require the university to make reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities.
The ADA/Rehabilitation Act Coordinator is the university official designated under federal regulations as responsible for overseeing William & Mary's compliance with the ADA, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other federal and state laws and regulations relating to persons with disabilities.
The ADA/Rehabilitation Act Coordinators:
- promote the creation of policies, procedures and notifications designed to ensure university compliance with the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act;
- oversee implementation of compliance procedures, including investigation and disposition of complaints or grievances;
- answer questions and provides guidance about ADA/Rehabilitation Act compliance and the university's related policies and procedures;
- liaison with the state and federal agencies that enforce the ADA or the Rehabilitation Act;
- help ensure the campus community and university employees with ADA/Rehabilitation Act compliance responsibilities are adequately trained and educated; and
- monitor all other aspects of the university's ADA/Rehabilitation Act compliance.
William & Mary's ADA/Rehabilitation Act Coordinator is:
Carla Costello, EDD '15
College of William & Mary
102 James Blair Hall
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Students with requests for disability accommodations should contact Student Accessibility Services, within the Dean of Students Office.
Faculty or staff with requests for disability accommodations should contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.
Resources - Information and Guidance about Disability Accommodations and Related Issues
EEOC Guidance on Job Applicants and the ADA, including what questions can be asked during the interview process
OCR Publication on legal responsibility of universities to provide auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities
Compliance & Equity Office website on campus and internal resources for discrimination-related issues.