People with disabilities must be full members of the educational community. For this to occur, every member of the University community must accept responsibility for being aware of and responsive to the particular needs of people with disabilities. The University recognizes that traditional methods, programs, and services may not accommodate the needs of some persons with disabilities. What persons without disabilities view as conveniences may present serious barriers for people who have disabilities. We must provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal opportunity and access to all programs, activities, and services of the University. The policy and guidelines set forth below are not only intended to provide direction in avoiding discrimination, but to ensure that OSU operates in an inclusive way.

Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability

It is the policy of Oregon State University to comply with Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and other applicable federal and state regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. The Rehabilitation Act and the ADA require that no qualified person shall, solely by reason of disability, be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by the University. Each qualified person shall receive the reasonable accommodations needed to ensure equal access to employment, educational opportunities, programs, and activities in the most integrated setting feasible. Learn more about the OSU Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability.

Policy on Information Technology Accessibility

Oregon State University commits to ensuring equal access to all University programs, services and activities provided through information technology (IT). Learn more about the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility.

Service & Assistance Animal Policy

Oregon State University recognizes the need of certain persons with disabilities to have service animals on-campus or assistance animals in university housing under certain circumstances. Learn more about the OSU Service & Assistance Animal Policy.

Built Environment Best Practices

Oregon State University has adopted "Best Practices" for the design and construction of our facilities. These best practices have been incorporated into the Facilities Services Construction Standards that every project is required to follow. They are broken down into three "parts" and many sections, to follow current building code practice for creating code documents such as those followed by the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Learn more about the OSU Built Environment Accessibility Best Practices on this website or by visiting the Facilities Services Construction Standards link above.


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