Legal Mandate

The University has designated the Center for Accessible Education as the campus entity that coordinates services for students with disabilities. The official University statement is:

The Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs designates the Director of the Center for Accessible Education (CAE) with responsibility for oversight of the CAE on campus which is the sole entity authorized to determine a student's eligibility for accommodations and services by reason of disability. The Director also ensures that the CAE's policies and practices are consistent with all applicable federal and state laws and University policy.

The following are the laws and other regulatory requirements that constitute the legal mandate:

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment (Federal, 2009)
The amendment expanded the definition of "major life activities" and the term "substantially limits," and added that mitigating measures (other than "ordinary eyeglasses or contact lenses") shall not be considered in assessing whether an individual has a disability.

ADA – The Americans with Disabilities Act (Federal, 1990)
The ADA ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telephone access for persons who are Deaf.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Federal, 1973)
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was the first national disability rights law and it protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability. It applies to employers and organizations that receive financial assistance and it forbids organizations and employers from excluding or denying individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to receive program benefits and services.

Assembly Bill 746, (California, 1987)
Equal Access to Public Postsecondary Education This bill offers protections for disabled college students, mirroring Section 504. It specifies that state-funded agencies are required to provide equal access for students with disabilities. It requires college and University officials to adopt rules and regulations and develop and implement a system for evaluating programs and services for students with disabilities.

Sec 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Regarding Technology (Federal, 1998)
Requires federal agencies to make electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities comparable to the access available to others.

Assembly Bill 422 (California, 1999)
AB 422 requires every publisher of printed instructional materials to provide those materials in electronic format for students with disabilities attending University of California campuses, California State Universities, or California Community Colleges and provide them in a timely manner at no additional cost upon the receipt of a written request and evidence of a student's receipt of purchase.

University of California Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations, and Students -- Section 140.00: Guidelines Applying to Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability -- 1994.
These UC guidelines are written to be consistent with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA, and how the laws are interpreted to apply to the University setting.