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Laws and Regulations


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides broad nondiscrimination protection in employment, public services, and public accommodations (including many areas of colleges and universities), for individuals with disabilities. The ADA is enforced by multiple federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, Department of Labor, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against an otherwise qualified individual with a disability, solely on the basis of the disability, in any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance. Section 504 is enforced by, amongst others, the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.


The ADA statute, ADA Title II and III regulations, technical assistance materials, enforcement information, and general ADA information is available at ADA websitenew window.

Department of Education, OCR on Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education:
Know Your Rights and Responsibilities: U.S. Department of Educationnew window

Clery Act

Safeguarding the security of students is a paramount concern of federal, state, and local governments, as well as the institutions that enroll these students. Section 485(f) of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 contains statutory requirements related to campus crime and security, known collectively as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). A federal mandate requiring all institutions of higher education that participate in the federal student financial aid program to disclose information about crime on their campuses and in the surrounding communities, the Clery Act is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Enactment of federal legislation, such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), has significantly changed how colleges and universities maintain and release student records. These laws, in combination with state laws, establish who controls disclosure of records, the right to inspect and review them and regulates the ability to amend the records by students, parents or others. University administrators must balance federal and state laws in order to protect student privacy and prevent potential litigation issues.

Gainful Employment

The Secretary of the Department of Education amends regulations on institutional eligibility under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), and the Student Assistance General Provisions to establish measures for determining whether certain postsecondary educational programs prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation, and the conditions under which these educational programs remain eligible under the Federal Student Aid programs authorized under title IV of the HEA (title IV, HEA programs).

Montgomery College's Gainful Employment webpage contains the following information concerning our certificate programs:

  • Certificate Program Costs
  • Financing Options
  • Time to Complete Certificate Program
  • Job Placement Rates for Students who have completed this program

Higher Education Opportunity Act



Information provided by the Office of Compliance, Risk, and Ethics does not constitute privileged legal advice.