Office of Diversity and Inclusion

UMass Boston Self-Evaluation

1981 Section 504 Self-Study

In a September 1, 1977 memorandum, Chancellor Carlo L. Golino wrote to members of the campus to stress compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and to explain the mandates of that law  by quoting:

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the implementing regulations of the Federal Act (45 CFR 84), the University of Massachusetts does not discriminate on the basis of handicap in admissions or access to, or treatment or employment in, the programs and activities which the University operates.

On May 3, 1979, Chancellor Claire Van Ummersen issued a memorandum appointing a new Handicapped Coordinator to “… ensure that the campus gives full physical and programmatic access to handicapped persons.”

On June 30, 1980, Chancellor Robert A. Corrigan sent a letter to the University Community which included the following:  “The University of Massachusetts at Boston is pleased to present the Self-Study Document on the University’s compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (amended 1977).  This Self-Study has been undertaken with the intention to guarantee full rights to all handicapped persons who wish to use the University’s facilities and participate in its many programs. … The University remains deeply committed to the rights of the handicapped. … Our goal is to have a campus that is completely accessible to the handicapped.”

To view the 1981 Section 504 Self-Study, Click here

1994 ADA Self-Evaluation

In a 2/18/93 memorandum from the Disability Advisory Committee to the Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Multicultural Relations, the following was included:

“… the university should currently be in the process of conducting a self-evaluation under Title II, regulation 35.105 of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).  This evaluation would involve a comparative analysis of the Section 504 study, which was completed in February, 1981.  As stated in the ADA, the 504 self-study would be used as a guide in order to bring the University into compliance with the new ADA regulations.”

The ADA Self Study was completed in September, 1994.  The 35-member Task Force Chaired by Carol DeSouza (a group which included over 14 members with disabilities) examined the University’s 504 Self-Study of 1977 to determine the extent of the 1993-94 ADA Study including the architectural access surveys for every area on campus. Also, this group gave questionnaires on program accessibility to members of the UMass campus, conducted training programs on Title III and employment issues, developed a reasonable accommodations policy, and issued a Disability Issues Handbook for faculty, students and staff.

To view the 1994 ADA Self-Evaluation Executive Summary, Click here

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