NOTE: Auxiliary or Personal Aid Accommodations
Instructors often ask questions regarding auxiliary aids, tape recording, or personal aids in the classrooms. Due to Section 504, instructors may not forbid a student's use of an aid if that prohibition limits the student's participation. This accommodation does not infringe upon academic freedom or constitutes copyright violation. Section 504 regulation states the following:
A recipient may not impose upon handicapped students other rules, such as the prohibition of tape recorders in classrooms or of dog guides in campus buildings, that have the effect of limiting the participation of handicapped students in the recipient's education program or activity. In order to allow a student with a disability the use of an effective aid and, at the same time, protect the instructor, the institution may require the student to sign an agreement so as not to infringe on a potential copyright or to limit freedom of speech.