Non-Discrimination Policy

Occidental College does not condone discrimination. Please review the policy and contact the Disability Services Team for questions.

The Law

The College complies with the American Disabilities Act (1990), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and state and local requirements regarding students and applicants with disabilities. Under these laws, no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the College.


An individual with a disability is one who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment.


The College is required to provide students with appropriate academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services that are necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in the College's programs. The College accommodates students with disabilities on an individual basis. Individual students receive reasonable and necessary accommodations based upon specific information and assessment data documented by a qualified professional.

The College shall make modifications to its academic requirements as are necessary to ensure that such requirements do not discriminate or have the effect of discriminating on the basis of disability against a qualified disabled applicant or student. The College also shall take steps as are necessary to ensure that no disabled student is denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimination because of the absence of educational auxiliary aids for students with impaired sensory, manual, or speaking skills.


Last updated: June 7, 2011