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Policy 105 - ADA/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

105. ADA/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act


In both practice and policy, Santa Clara University adheres to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended 2008 (ADAAA); Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and all other federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. The University is committed to providing individuals with disabilities equal access and opportunity, and strives in its policies and practices to provide for the full participation of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of University life.

Employees and applicants with a disability (as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended) may be eligible for reasonable accommodations that will allow them to perform the essential functions of their position or participate in the hiring process for an open position. A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a job, employment practice or the work environment that makes it possible for a qualified individual with a disability to enjoy an equal employment opportunity. The University will provide a reasonable accommodation for the known disability of a qualified employee or applicant unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the school or unit.

Examples of reasonable accommodations include, but are not limited to:

  • job restructuring
  • modified work schedules
  • obtaining or modifying equipment, devices, or assistive technology
  • modifying examinations, training materials or policies
  • providing qualified readers and interpreters
  • making facilities readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities


Faculty and Staff are encouraged to contact Human Resources if they have questions related to the determination of reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services for employees with disabilities, or questions about service animals as part of an employee’s accommodations. 

  •  To speak with the Senior Leave Specialist please contact Indu Ahluwalia by phone at 408-554-5750 or by email at
  • For more information about the University procedures for accommodating faculty who have disabilities, click here.


For information concerning policies and procedures for students with disabilities, contact the Office of Accessible Education (OAE) website, Student are also encouraged to contact Human Resources if they have questions about work-related accommodations for student employees at the University. To speak with a Senior Benefits Specialist please contact ,


Students, faculty, and staff who have questions or concerns about: (1) disagreements or denials regarding requested services, accommodations or modifications to University practices or requirements; (2) alleged inaccessibility of a University program or activity; (3) alleged harassment or discrimination on the basis of a disability, and (4) any other alleged violations of the ADA and/or Section 504 should contact the Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, who has been designated as the University’s ADA/504 Coordinator.

Jenna Elliott, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator
Santa Clara University | Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX
Mailing Address: 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
Office Location: Loyola Hall, Suite 140, 425 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053 
Direct Line: 408-551-3521 
Main Office Line: 408-551-3043 
Direct Email: 
For general inquiries by email: 

External inquires may be directed to the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigates complaints of discrimination and harassment in educational programs or activities, the  US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).