Clemson University is required to ensure compliance with the following Federal laws and standards for online courses. Please ensure understanding for each of the laws listed below by clicking on the link, which provide direction to the appropriate location where each law is explained and additional requirements outlined.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, As Amended in 2008 provides nondiscrimination protection for all peoples with disabilities, which includes colleges and universities. ADA requires colleges and universities provide reasonable accommodations to persons with a qualified disability to fully participate in all university activities and academic programs.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as Amended requires all peoples with disabilities, as members of the public, who are seeking information, have access and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to all persons without disabilities. As it relates to Clemson University, real-time captioning of videos and multimedia will be available to students. In addition, students with sight disabilities will be provided with voice transcript of written materials. Additional Section 508 compliance information:
Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 provides nondiscrimination protection on the basis of sex in education activities or programs.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides nondiscrimination protection on the basis of race, color, or national origin in academic and educational programs and/or activities.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student records. Students who are of the legal age of 18 and older have the right to keep all education records private. However, an adult student may grant written authorization to release partial record information to a parent, spouse, significant other, or trusted individual. Faculty are prohibited from making any personal student records, i.e., grades or any other personal information, available to the public or to any other student or any third party.
In addition to the laws above, lawsuit settlements with other higher education institutions will generally mention one or more of the following accessibility design standards.
*In 2017 and 2018, W3C began updating WCAG to version 2.1. After the update, it is possible that WCAG 2.1 A and AA will be mentioned in more lawsuits and adopted by more universities. If this happens, it is possible that Clemson will also adopt this standard. Return to list