CHAPTER 600 Student Affairs

640 Disability Resource Center

640.1 Administration

The California State University system (CSU) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs and activities, including admission and access. The policy of the CSU and Cal Poly is to make its programs, services, and activities accessible to students, faculty, staff, and the general public with disabilities who visit or attend a campus-sponsored event. This policy is in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.

The primary purpose of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) is to provide direct services, disability-related advising, advocacy, information and referral to students with disabilities enrolled at or applying to Cal Poly. The DRC also provides technical assistance, consultation and information, and referral for faculty and staff. Additionally, the DRC provides information and referral to external inquiries from parents, community members and education professionals.

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640.2 Objectives

The primary objectives of the DRC are to:


Evaluate eligibility for disability-related services and accommodations, determine reasonable accommodations and develop individualized services plans, provide advocacy, guidance and on-going support to students with disabilities.


Provide federally-mandated direct support services to students with disabilities, including, but not limited to, adapted materials, testing accommodations, interpreting and captioning, note-taking, and document conversion.


Consult and collaborate with University faculty, staff and administrators to provide technical assistance, advice and information on providing students with equal access to educational activities and opportunities. Assist departments, committees and administrators with developing and implementing policies and procedures consistent with disability laws and regulations.


Serve as an information and referral service on disability issues. Provide current and accurate information on disability products, programs, and services to all University inquiries.

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References for CAP 640

  1. Date approved by the President: May 15, 2013
  2. Effective Date: May 15, 2013
  3. Responsible Department/Office(s): Student Affairs – Disability Resource Center
  4. Revision History: Not applicable.
  5. Related University Policies, Procedures, Manuals and/or Documents:
    1. Disability Resource Center’s website:
    2. CSU Executive Order No. 1111: The California State University Board of Trustees Policy on Disability Support and Accommodations
    3. CSU Coded Memo AA 2009-27: "Policy for the Provision of Accommodations and Support Services to Students with Disabilities"
    4. CSU Academic Senate Resolution AS-2700-05/FA on Students’ Access to Academic Information Technology.
    5. S-628-05 Resolution on Accessibility to Information Technology Resources.
    6. AS-513-99 Resolution on Policy and Procedures for Resolving University 504/ADA Accommodation Disputes.
    7. AS-654-07 Resolution on Timely Accessibility to Instructional Materials.
    8. AS-506-98 Resolution on the Cal Poly Statement on Diversity.
    9. Cal Poly Academic Senate Resolution AS-187-85/SAC on Student with Disabilities.
  6. Laws, Regulations and/or Codes of practice referred to herein or related to this policy
    1. Rehabilitation Act, Sections 501, 502, 503, 504 and 508.
    2. Americans with Disabilities Act, Title I, II, III, and IV.
    3. California Civil Code Sections 54–55.2.
    4. Title 24, California Building & Standards Code (Physical Access Regulations).
    5. California Government Code Section 11135–11138.
    6. Fair Employment and Housing Act.