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Faculty Handbook: Letter from the Provost

August 31, 2004

TO: Faculty Colleagues

FROM: Gary W. Reichard
Provost and Senior Vice President

SUBJECT:
Americans With Disabilities Act

As we strive to maintain excellence as an institution, we must continue our vigilance in safeguarding the learning environment. The Americans With Disabilities Act and its predecessor, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, require that access and accommodation be provided to individuals with disabilities. These laws constitute both an obligation and an opportunity to ensure the right of “equal benefit” of the programs and activities offered by this University, regardless of handicap/disability.

California State University, Long Beach is committed to providing accessibility and accommodation in its academic programs and activities, and ensuring that the scope, depth, and pace of learning are universally consistent across campus. As we begin the new academic year, I wish to call your attention to this collective responsibility to meet the needs of our students with disabilities.

I am enclosing guidelines on accessibility, so that you can be prepared to respond in a timely manner to the needs of students with disabilities who might be in your classes this academic year.

In the event that a specific circumstance not covered by the guidelines arises regarding accommodation of a disabled student that requires immediate advice or intervention, I urge you to contact Disabled Student Services (DSS). No qualified student is to be denied equal access to programs and activities at California State University, Long Beach solely on the basis of their disability. David Sanfilippo, DSS Director, can help you determine appropriate accommodations/modifications for students with disabilities. He can be reached at extension 5-5401, or by e-mail at dsanfili@csulb.edu.

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

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