Worcester State University
Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Equal Opportunity


Disability Discrimination Policy Statement*

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is the nation’s first law to protect the civil rights of people with disabilities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provides that:


“No otherwise qualified individual...shall solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”


Temporary disabilities may also be covered by the act.


Access to Programs

The University operates each program or activity so that the program and activity, when viewed in its entirety, is readily accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities. The University shall make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in response to the specific limitations of their disabilities.


Program accessibility is a flexible principle. The University shall make accommodations following an individual assessment of existing conditions and the needs of disabled participants. In many instances, programs and activities may be made accessible through slight modifications and adjustments in procedures, practices and policies. In others, building renovation or construction may be required.


To request accommodations, academic adjustments, or auxiliary aides and services, employees and students should contact the Disability Service Director, at 508-929-8733.

Related Links
  WSU Hiring Procedures
  EEO Affirmative Action Policies
  Disability Policy-Diversity
  CORI check
  WSU Student Code of Conduct
  WSU Student Handbook
  WSU Policy for Responding to Sexual Assault
  BHE Action Plan
  VAWA Act Bill S.47
  VAWA Summary of New Law Requirements
  Bill of Campus SaVE Act
  U.S. Dept. of Education Handbook for Campus Safety & Security
  Multicultural Resource Guide

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