The following references UC-Berkeley campus policies and guidelines concerning the academic calendar and accommodations for students in their academic programs.

ACCOMMODATION OF RELIGIOUS CREED
In compliance with California Education Code, Section 92640(a), it is the official policy of the University of California at Berkeley to permit any student to undergo a test or examination, without penalty, at a time when that activity would not violate the student’s religious creed, unless administering the examination at an alternative time would impose an undue hardship that could not reasonably have been avoided. Requests to accommodate a student’s religious creed by scheduling tests or examinations at alternative times should be submitted directly to the faculty member responsible for administering the examination by the second week of the semester.

Reasonable common sense, judgment and the pursuit of mutual goodwill should result in the positive resolution of scheduling conflicts. The regular campus appeals process applies if a mutually satisfactory arrangement cannot be achieved.

The link to this policy is available in the Religious Creed section of the Academic Calendar webpage.

ACCOMMODATION FOR DISABILITY
Instructors are reminded of their responsibilities for accommodating disabilities in the classroom in the following areas:

  • Confidentiality:  Information about a student’s disability is confidential, and may not be shared with other students.
  • Role of Instructor: Course instructors play a critical role in enabling the University to meet its obligation to appropriately accommodate students with disabilities who are registered with the Disabled Students Program (DSP) and who have been issues a Letter of Accommodation.
  • Reading Assignments:

o   In advance: Because students with print disabilities usually need assistance from the DSP Alternative Media Center, reading materials should be provided well in advance (two or more weeks) before the reading assignment due date.

o   Required or Recommended: Always indicate which course readings (including bCourse postings) are either “required” readings, or “recommended.”

o   Accessible Format: Reading materials (especially bCourse postings) should be provided in an “accessible format,” e.g., clearly legible, “clean” (without stray marks, highlighting, or mark-ups), and whenever possible, in a Word Document or word-searchable PDF.

For more information about accommodations for students with disabilities, please contact the Disabled Students Program at 510-642-0518 or email DSP Director Paul Hippolitus hippolitus@berkeley.edu. For more information about providing reading assignments in an accessible format, please contact Martha Velasquez directly at dspamc@berkeley.edu.

ACCOMMODATION FOR PREGNANCY AND PARENTING
In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and with the California Education Code, Section 66281.7, it is the official policy of the University of California at Berkeley to not discriminate against or exclude any person on the basis of pregnancy or related conditions, and to provide reasonable accommodations to students as appropriate. Instructors are reminded of their responsibilities for excusing medically necessary absences for pregnancy and related conditions and making reasonable accommodations in the areas of class sessions, exams, tests, project deadlines, field trips, and any other required activities. For graduate students, faculty advisors are reminded of policies regarding parental leave and the extension of normative time for academic milestones, as set out in the Guide to Graduate Policy.

Reasonable common sense, judgment and the pursuit of mutual goodwill should result in the positive resolution of conflicts. The regular campus appeals process or Title IX complaint process apply if a mutually satisfactory arrangement cannot be achieved. For more information about accommodations for student who are pregnant or parenting, please contact the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination or (specific to graduate students) email the Graduate Division at graddean@berkeley.edu.

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