Providing Educational Access and Adequate Support for California Community College Students with Disabilities

Resolution Number
Assigned to
Transfer, Articulation, and Student Services Committee
General Concerns

Whereas, Federal and state nondiscrimination laws stipulate that students with disabilities must have access to general college services and instructional programs; [1]

Whereas, The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges implemented revisions to Title 5 regulations [2] on July 1, 2016 to address “academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, services and/or instruction through Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS), on and/or off campus, to students with disabilities”; [3]

Whereas, Implementation of AB 705 (Irwin, 2017) may have a significant impact on the ability of California community college students with disabilities to complete transfer-level English, mathematics, and other coursework; and

Whereas, Faculty and colleges may find it challenging to provide adequate access, sufficient support, and reasonable accommodations while maintaining academic standards on and/or off campus to a diverse and growing student population with a wide range of disabilities;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with appropriate stakeholders to provide the needed resources to serve students with disabilities and by Fall 2019 Plenary Session develop a paper that reviews how effectively California community colleges are serving their students with disabilities, shares best practices, and provides guidance on how to ensure access to educational programs and adequate support for students with disabilities, on and/or off campus; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recommend that the AB 705 Implementation Task Force take into account and address the unique needs of students with disabilities when developing their implementation guidelines.


1. Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and California Government Code section 1135 et. seq.
2. California Title 5 Code of Regulations, §§56000-56076
3. California Education Code, §§67310-13 and 84850