St. Edward’s welcomes students of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs and serves a culturally diverse student body in keeping with our Holy Cross values. Diversity and social justice are a fundamental part of the St. Edward’s educational experience. We are committed to equal access for all and strive to create an inclusive and accessible community. This webpage serves as a central resource for information related to accessibility in accordance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).

Access for Individuals with Disabilities

St. Edward’s University is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, policies and procedures will ensure that persons with disabilities are not subjected to discrimination or denied full and equal access to programs (academic, co-curricular or employment), activities, benefits or services offered by the university on the basis of their disability. Please see the policy on Access for Individuals with Disabilities for more information.


In keeping with Holy Cross tradition of St. Edward's University, Student Disability Services (SDS) fosters an inclusive campus community by providing equal access to students with disabilities. We promote equal opportunity through accommodation, consultation and collaboration with faculty, staff and students. Student Disability Services honors the uniqueness of every person through individualized relationships that build self-advocacy skills, self-understanding and academic success. Visit SDS to find out more information about services and processes for accommodations.

Employees and Applicants

It is the policy of the university to provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and to fully comply with other legal and regulatory requirements to ensure that all aspects of employment, including the application process, are made fully accessible to all employees and applicants. Visit the Employee Handbook for information about reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.


St. Edward's University strives to ensure physical, electronic, and programmatic access for persons with disabilities. Visitors or guests may also receive accommodations in order to fully participate in an event, activity or program. Please fill out ADA Access Request Form for Visitors thoroughly to request access.

Web Accessibility

St. Edward’s University is committed to ensuring that its website is accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35. 

If you have difficulty accessing information on our website because of a disability, please contact us at and provide the URL (web address) of the material you tried to access, the problem you experienced, and your contact information. Be sure to include your name, email address, and phone number so that we may contact you to provide the information in an alternate format. 


St. Edward’s University supports persons with disabilities in their right to file a grievance when they believe they have been denied equal access in the form of appropriate accommodations, modifications, auxiliary aids, or effective communication or suffered discriminatory harassment as described in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 amended 2008 or the Fair Housing Act of 1988.

It is university policy that no qualified person be excluded from participating in any university program or activity or otherwise be subjected to discrimination with regard to any university program or activity. This policy derives from the commitment to non-discrimination for all persons in employment, access to facilities, student programs, activities and services. Individuals with a complaint are entitled to prompt and equitable resolution and may choose the appropriate university process.

Complaint process

Students registered with Student Disability Services are encouraged to learn more about the dispute and resolution process that may be most applicable.  

Other individuals may begin the complaint process by filling out the ADA Complaint Form. If you are unsure of how to begin or have general questions, please contact the ADA Coordinator.

After receiving the ADA Complaint Form, the ADA Coordinator or their designee shall convene the ADA Team to review the complaint in a timely manner.  The team includes, but is not limited to, the Sr. Director of Business Services (or designee), the AVP of Human Resources, and the ADA Coordinator. Additional members representing a specific, credentialed professional expertise pertinent to the situation may also be included. The ADA Team will gather information from all involved parties prior to making a determination. The complainant may also request a meeting with the ADA Coordinator as needed through the process.

The ADA Coordinator (or designee) will submit a summary of  the findings, recommendations and process for appeal to the involved parties, informing them of a decision within twenty-one (21) business days of receiving the complaint.  The decision of the ADA Team may be appealed to the appropriate administrative party.

Individuals with grievances or complaints against the university based on violations of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA) also have the right to file a complaint with a designated federal agency.

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1301 Young Street, Suite 1169, 
Dallas, TX 75202
Voice Phone (800) 368-1019
FAX (214) 767-0432
TDD (800) 537-7697

U.S. Department of Education
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Room 316
P.O. Box 14620, Washington DC  20046-4620
Telephone (202) 208-2545

ADA Team

ADA/504 Coordinator
Candice Vasquez
Moody Hall 155

Director of Academic Counseling and Support Programs/ADA Deputy
Kendall Swanson
Moody Hall 155

Associate Vice President Human Resources/ADA Deputy
Melissa Esqueda
Doyle Hall 131

University Risk and Compliance
Rebekah Desai