Whereas, The Chancellor's Office for California Community College supports Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and has assured the Office for Civil Rights that the California community colleges will provide access for students with disabilities;
Whereas, The legal counsel for the California Community Colleges has rendered an opinion that the provisions of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act require electronic access compliance for students with disabilities; and
Whereas, Student access is a district and college responsibility, and many community colleges are relying solely on their Disabled Student Programs and Services, for example AB 77 funds, to ensure access through the California Community College System;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate request the Chancellor's Office to provide local senates and college presidents information on access for students with disabilities to be shared with all local faculty, staff and administrators; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate request that the Chancellor's Office reaffirm that colleges and districts are fiscally and educationally responsible for providing access for all students, including individuals with disabilities;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate request that the Chancellor's Office develop and implement a systematic process to assess how each college is meeting disability access guidelines.
The Academic Senate is working towards these goals through its representatives on the Chancellor's Office Human Resources Advisory Committee.