Legislative Mandates

Policy Statement: People with Disabilities

The University of Connecticut is committed to achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities. It is the policy that no qualified person be excluded from participating in any University program or activity, be denied the benefits of any University program or activity, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination with regard to any University program or activity. This policy derives from the commitment to non-discrimination for all persons in employment, access to facilities, student programs, activities, and services.

A person with a disability must be ensured the same access to programs, opportunities, and activities at the University as all others. Existing barriers, whether physical, programmatic or attitudinal must be removed. There must be ongoing vigilance to ensure that new barriers are not erected.

The efforts to accommodate people with disabilities must be measured against the goal of full participation and integration. Services and programs to promote these benefits for people with disabilities shall complement and support, but not duplicate, the regular services and programs.

Achieving full participation and integration of people with disabilities requires the cooperative efforts of all of the departments, offices, and personnel. To this end, the University will continue to strive to achieve excellence in its services and to assure that its services are delivered equitably and efficiently to all of its members.

Adopted June, 1989



  • A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
    This guide provides an overview of Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities. To find out more about how these laws may apply to you, contact the agencies and organizations listed below.
  • Resource Guide for College Students with Disabilities
    This guide has useful links for students with speech disorders, visual impairment, autism, and AHDH.
  • Virginia Department of Education: College Guide for Students with Disabilities
    This guide provides awareness of the needs of college-bound students. Specifically the guide is to be used to assist students and their parents in the transition from high school to postsecondary education settings. It helps clarify how students should seek appropriate academic accommodation and services. It is important to note that this guide references Virginia state law which may differ that Connecticut state laws.