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50th Anniversary of Section 504

September 26, 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is the foundational civil rights law that established protection from discrimination for individuals with disabilities in the United States, and requires the University of Washington to provide equal access to programs, services and activities. To commemorate the anniversary, the UW planning group would like to introduce the UW 504at50 campaign.

Click here to view and learn more about events, engagements, resources and ways to connect through the 23-34 academic year.

Annual Notice on Student Accommodations

September 6, 2023

Each University of Washington student deserves an equal opportunity to succeed academically, and instructors and academic personnel play a crucial role in our students’ success. Disability is an aspect of diversity, and the University is committed to educating a diverse student body to become responsible global citizens and future leaders. By making reasonable modifications, instructors can increase students’ access to their content and courses and meet instructors’ legal obligations. As you prepare for autumn quarter, here are four things you can do now:

  1. Review University accessibility guidance on documents and digital content.
  2. Use Canvas for student submissions, class announcements and to post assignment instructions and course content when appropriate.
  3. Post your syllabi to Canvas at least two weeks before autumn courses start so students can determine whether they will need accommodations and can contact UW Disability Resources for Students (DRS) on each campus for assistance.
  4. Review the University’s course-based accommodation policy and obligations to comply with state and federal regulations regarding access for students with disabilities.

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Annual Notice on Student Accommodations

SGP Chapter 208 – the University’s policy on reasonable accommodation of students with disabilities, including roles and responsibilities in accommodations.

The  policy can be viewed by visiting the UW Policy Directory:

Questions can be directed to the Disability Resources for Students office on your campus