A campus program that purports to serve disabled students could be lying to the government in a sad attempt to meet federal guidelines. The home of the disability rights movement could once again be letting down marginalized UC Berkeley students. Hopefully this program can turn what some students allege are lies into reality before the next audit.
According to several sources in an article The Daily Californian published Thursday, the campus’s TRiO at Disabled Students’ Program has allegedly been misreporting the number of students it is servicing — perhaps by as many as a whopping 205 people. These services receive $300,902 in federal awards and are supposed to assist at least 250 students with disabilities on campus.
A program coordinator and the DSP director both revealed how poorly run the TRiO program is. They offered conflicting statements on TRiO’s federal compliance and could not account for how 205 of the students had entered the program. On top of that, several students have alleged that they never signed up for TRiO and are not receiving help from the program, even though they are listed as program beneficiaries.
Time and time again, we have seen this campus fail to provide adequate services to disabled students. In 2015, an external auditor found 23 citations where TRiO did not meet federal regulations.
Just last year, another DSP program — Workability IV, meant to prepare disabled students to find jobs and adjust to school — was discontinued after the campus could not provide additional funding…
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