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Letter from the V.P.'s for Student Affairs and Academic Affairs
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Spring 2000

All Faculty Members
Cal State Fullerton

Dear Faculty Member:

    Cal State Fullerton is strongly committed to maintaining an environment that provides full access to educational programs, activities, and facilities for all students. In order to achieve this goal, the University has a program to serve students with disabilities that is consistent with the existing and emerging legislation and regulations.1

     All students, including students with disabilities, have the right to be evaluated in a manner which accurately assesses the student's knowledge and skills. In the spirit of providing equal access to education, faculty may have to modify academic evaluation practices to ensure that identified students with disabilities are not the unintended victims of discriminatory practices. Course examinations and other procedures used in evaluating the academic achievements of students with impaired sensory, perceptual, manual or speaking skills must be administered in an equitable manner. The objective is to evaluate the student's achievement in the course rather than reflect the student's impairment. This should not be seen as changing the academic standards by which a student is judged; the intent is to provide educational equity, not advantage.

     Disabilities such as learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders and psychological disabilities are less observable than other forms of disabilities. Faculty need to exhibit a special sensitivity to students with these disabilities to ensure they are presented with equal opportunities in the classroom. Should you find students with special needs in your class, please contact Paul Miller, Director of Disabled Student Services, UH-101, ext. 3112.

    President Gordon has delegated the authority to certify disabilities and to prescribe specific accommodations for students with documented disabilities to the Office of Disabled Student Services. The office is staffed with trained professionals ready to assist faculty in meeting the needs of students with disabilities. Further explanation of student, faculty and institutional responsibility is contained in this recently revised handbook and through the Office of Disabled Student Services. The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for assuring the University's compliance with campus policies, CSU Executive Orders, and federal and state regulations requiring academic accommodation for disabled students. However, the University's success in safeguarding the right of equal access to academic programs depends on the cooperative effort of all members of the campus community. Through our joint efforts we can meet the needs of all students by providing an academic environment conducive to intellectual growth and the achievement of a balanced, high quality education.
Sincerely,   Sincerely,
Ephraim P. Smith   Robert Palmer
Vice President for Academic Affairs   Vice President for Student Affairs


1Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 1990

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