Report 94120 Summary - November 1995

CSU and UC: Campuses Generally Provide Access for Students With Disabilities


CSU and UC:

Results in Brief

To address the needs of students with disabilities, the federal government passed the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act). The Rehabilitation Act states that no otherwise qualified disabled individuals shall, solely by reason of the disability, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program receiving federal assistance. In 1990, the federal government reinforced its commitment to individuals with disabilities by enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which provides people with disabilities civil rights protection and places emphasis on providing them with full opportunities and adequate access. Specific provisions of both the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA regulate programs and activities provided by public entities.

Because the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) postsecondary systems are considered to be public entities, they must comply with the provisions of the Rehabilitation Act and ADA. We reviewed the CSU and UC systems as a whole and six individual campuses within the two systems to determine whether each public entity is complying with the ADA and providing computer access to its students with disabilities. During our review, we noted the following:


To increase campus awareness of ADA requirements, the Chancellor's Office of the CSU should instruct its campuses to provide training classes or seminars and require mandatory attendance for faculty and staff.

To address conditions and remove barriers that may be denying access to its students, the Chancellor's Office should do the following:

To maximize access for its students with disabilities, the CSU Chancellor's Office and the UC Office of the President should do the following:

Agency Comments

The UC concurs with the findings and recommendations in the report. In addition, the president believes that the report recognizes the university's efforts to make campus programs accessible. Finally, the president stated the UC system will continue its efforts to remove architectural barriers identified in its campuses' transition plans.

The CSU Chancellor also concurred with the findings and most of the recommendations in the report. However, CSU does not agree with our recommendation to encourage students to transition out of the hightech centers to open labs. While they recognize that the intent of the recommendation is to encourage mainstreaming of services and academic opportunities for students with disabilities, the CSU plans to encourage students to obtain services where it is most advantageous to the student and the campus.