The Catholic University of America

ADA Guidelines


Self-Audit Checklist


Student Programs and Services Compliance with Disability Law:
The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act


I. Introduction

  • How to Use this Checklist
  • University ADA Resources
  • Some Important Definitions


II. Pre-Admissions/Admissions Checklist

  • More Definitions
  • DOs and DON'Ts
  • Checklist Questions 1-13


III. Determining a Disability Checklist

  • Background and Definitions
  • Documentation: Who Decides? and, What Records Are Needed?
  • Checklist Questions 14-18

IV. Programs and Services Checklist

  • The Law
  • Off-Campus Programs
  • State Licensing
  • Checklist Questions 19-34


V. Reasonable Accommodations Checklist

  • Overview
  • Adjustments to Academic Requirements
  • Auxiliary Aids and Services
  • Checklist Questions 35-49


VI. Safety Issues Checklist

  • Safety Issues
  • Checklist Questions 50-52

© The Catholic University of America

February 19, 1999, updated Dec. 6, 2007 and 2/20/09

Produced by the Office of General Counsel at The Catholic University of America (CUA), in conjunction with the university's Office of Equal Opportunity and Office of Disability Support Services. This Self-Audit Checklist is not intended to provide legal advice outside the CUA community. Administrators at other institutions are urged to review their findings and conclusions from their use of this checklist with their own legal counsel. All references to the Journal of College and University Law are used with permission from the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).

References on disability law and student programs and services utilized in creating this document are the following:

  • Materials produced for "Joint Conference of Disability Issues: April 1995," sponsored by the ABA, American Association of Law Schools, Law School Admission Council, and National Conference of Bar Examiners. Within those materials the following were most helpful: "University of Houston Law Center Handbook for Students and Applicants with Disabilities"; "Policy and Procedures for the Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities," University of California Hastings College of Law; articles entitled "Learning Disabilities . . . How are they Defined? Policies, Procedures, Protocols and Grievances" byJane Jarrow, Executive Director, Association on Higher Education and Disability; and "Learning Disabilities Defined" by M. Kay Runyan.

  • "Responses to Questions from Student Services Administrators Regarding Compliance with the ADA and Section 504 and Reasonable Accommodations for Law School Students" by Laura Rothstein, Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center, and published in "Accommodating Students with Learning and Emotional Disabilities: A Legal Compendium," NACUA 1996.

  • "Disability Discrimination in Higher Education: A Review of the 1995 Judicial Decisions" 23 J.C. & U.L. 475 (1997).

  • "Disabled Students in Higher Education: Administrative and Judicial Enforcement of Disability Law" by Adam Milani, 22 J.C. & U.L 989 (1996).

  • "Waivers of Academic Progress Requirements for Federal Financial Aid: A Reasonable Accommodation for Students with Learning Disabilities" by Charles Barber, 23 J.C. & U. L. 231 (1996).

  • "Disability Law Update" by Laura Rothstein, prepared for Stetson Law and Higher Education Conference (February 14, 1997).


For further information on accommodating students with disabilities see Disabilities and the Law by Laura Rothstein, a Professor at the University of Louisville.

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