Policies and Procedures

Disability Resource Center Mission Statement

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is open and accessible to students with disabilities. We are committed to providing assistance to enable qualified students to accomplish their educational goals, as well as assuring equal opportunity to derive all of the benefits of campus life.

The Disability Resource Center has devoted much energy to meeting the requirements of Section 504, Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its amendments, and to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Disability Resource Center serves as a full-time advocate for students with disabilities, as well as a resource for faculty, staff and administration.

Policy of Nondiscrimination

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives individuals with disabilities civil rights protection that is similar to that provided to all individuals on the basis of race, sex, national origin, and religion. The act guarantees equal opportunity in employment, public accommodations, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.

In addition, Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation act states: "No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States shall, solely on the basis of his/her handicap, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance".

The policy at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is consistent with the ADA and Section 504. UNCW is open and accessible to students with disabilities. We are committed to providing assistance to enable qualified students to accomplish their educational goals as well as assuring equal opportunity to derive all of the benefits of campus life.

Grievance and Appeal Procedures

UNCW's Grade Appeal Procedures are described within the Academic Catalogue: http://catalogue.uncw.edu/

Additional UNCW Grievance and Appeal Procedure information can be found at the following web address: http://uncw.edu/complaints/

Distance Education

Students enrolled in Distance Education courses who wish to request and receive accommodations must submit current documentation to the Director of Disability Resource Center.

Housing Accommodations

All students may request housing considerations. However disability related accommodations must be approved in advance by submitting documentation to the Disability Resource Center for verification. If the documentation does not support a disability related request the student may still ask for housing considerations.

Housing accommodations for students with documented disabilities are determined based on the need for equal opportunity; this determination is not made based on a perceived benefit to the student. Special housing needs should be discussed with the Housing and Residence Life Office well in advance of enrollment

On-campus housing includes modified accommodations for students with disabilities. Residence halls have elevators and are accessible throughout. Student apartments and suites are first floor accessible to students with mobility impairments.

UNCW Evacuation Procedure for Students with Disabilities

  • Evacuation Policy & Procedure: (PDF)

Personal Care Attendant

Students who wish to bring, or use a Personal Care Attendant in the residential environment at UNCW must meet the requirements of the UNCW Personal Care Attendant Policy.

Service Animals

Students who wish to bring, use, and/or train a service animal must meet the requirements of UNCW's Service Animal Policies.

  • General Service Animal Policy: (Word) or (PDF)
  • Housing and Residence Life's Service Animal Policy: (Word) or (PDF)

For additional guidance from the Department of Justice on the terms of "service animal" and the terms of service animal provisions in the Department's regulation, visit:


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