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Letter from the President


  • DATE: August 12, 2004
  • TO: All Faculty
  • FROM: Dr. Karen Haynes, President

SUBJECT: Accommodating Students with Disabilities

California State University San Marcos places a high value on ensuring that all of its academic programs and activities are accessible to those individuals with disabilities. This is clearly demonstrated by a caring and committed faculty who work hard to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. Over the course of the last several years, and with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the number of students with disabilities seeking a college education at Cal State San Marcos has dramatically increased.

The Office of Disabled Student Services (DSS) has been given the authority to determine whether or not students with disabilities are eligible to receive services, as well as to prescribe the types of reasonable accommodations each student is eligible to receive. However, it is impossible for reasonable accommodations to be implemented within the academic environment without the continued support and understanding of our committed faculty.  DSS has developed a Faculty Handbook for the expressed purpose of assisting you in implementing reasonable accommodations and in becoming even more knowledgeable about working with students from various disability groups.  The Faculty Handbook is available at the DSS website which can be found at

Through DSS a wide variety of services are available to students who qualify and they include: special testing accommodations, access to classroom materials in alternate format, disability related counseling, priority registration, tutoring, notetaking services, access to specially adapted equipment, registration assistance, sign language/captioning services, supplemental campus orientation, and limited psychoeducational assessment. The Disability Support Services Office is located in Administrative Building 4300 and appropriate personnel can be reached by phone at (760) 750-4905, or for TDD callers at (760) 750-4909.

Thank you for your ongoing support to our students.