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Diversity and Inclusion

Consistent with the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University shall operate its programs, activities, and services to ensure that no qualified individual with a disability shall be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination solely by reason of his/her disability. This policy also sets forth procedures for complaints of discrimination based on disability. In the pursuit of excellence, the University of North Carolina Wilmington actively fosters, encourages, and promotes inclusiveness, mutual respect, acceptance and open-mindedness among students, faculty, staff, and the broader community. Diversity is an educational benefit that enhances the academic experience, and fosters a free exchange of ideas from multiple perspectives.

Diversity includes, but is not limited to race, sex, age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran's status, gender, educational disadvantage,socio-economic circumstances, language, and history of overcoming adversity.


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, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

I am a student with a disability that needs to request an accommodation. Who do I contact?

I am a faculty or staff member with a disability that needs to request an accommodation. Who do I contact? How do I get an ADA parking pass? Does UNCW offer transportation services? How do I know if there is an emergency on campus I need to be aware of? Does Randall Library offer services to ADA students?

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