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§ 5003. Definitions

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 24 P.S. Education

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 24 P.S. Education
Chapter 19. Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act (Refs & Annos)
24 P.S. § 5003
§ 5003. Definitions
As used in this act--
(1) “Educational institution” means any institution of post-secondary grade and any secretarial, business, vocational or trade school of secondary or post-secondary grade, which is subject to the visitation, examination or inspection of, or is, or may be licensed by the Department of Public Instruction,1 including any post-secondary school, college or university incorporated or chartered under any general law or special act of the General Assembly, except any religious or denominational educational institution as defined in this act.
(2) “Religious or denominational educational institution” means an educational institution which is operated, supervised, controlled or sustained primarily by a religious or denominational organization, or is one which is stated by the parent church body to be and is, in fact, officially related to that church by being represented on the board of the institution, and by providing substantial financial assistance and which has certified, in writing, to the commission that it is a religious or denominational educational institution.
(3) “Discriminate” includes “segregate”.
(4) “Commission” means the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in the Governor's Office.
(5) “Student” means a person seeking admission to, or in attendance at, a school or educational institution, as the case may be.
(6) “Person” includes one or more individuals, partnerships, associations, organizations or corporations.
(7) “Handicap or disability,” with respect to a person, means--
(i) a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of the person's major life activities;
(ii) a record of having such an impairment; or
(iii) being regarded as having such an impairment, but does not include current, illegal use of or addiction to a controlled substance, as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (Public Law 91-513, 84 Stat. 1242).
(8) “Accessible” means being in compliance with the applicable standards set forth in the following--
(i) the Fair Housing Act (Public Law 90-284, 42 U.S.C. § 3601 et seq.);
(ii) the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.); and
(iii) the act of September 1, 1965 (P.L. 459, No. 235), entitled, as amended, “An act requiring that certain buildings and facilities adhere to certain principles, standards and specifications to make the same accessible to and usable by persons with physical handicaps, and providing for enforcement.”2


1961, July 17, P.L. 776, No. 341, § 3. Amended 1992, Dec. 21, P.L. 1683, No. 187, § 2, effective in 60 days.


Now Department of Education; see 71 P.S. §§ 1037, 1038.
71 P.S. § 1455.1 et seq.
24 P.S. § 5003, PA ST 24 P.S. § 5003
Current through 2022 Regular Session Act 29. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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