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Civil Rights

 

Access to The University of Montana Western is a civil right.

 

When viewed in their entirety, programs at the University must be readily accessible to and usable by people with disabilities. Program access must be assured in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of the individual and to the maximum extent feasible. The University promises that no otherwise qualified person with a disability will be denied or limited participation in or the benefits of any programs solely on the basis of a disability. The University prohibits disability discrimination and will make certain all students and visitors have an equal opportunity in accessing our campus. The University of Montana Western is committed to achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities.

 

VISITORS:

 

Visitors who need to request special assistance should contact the Dean of Students Office as soon as possible to ensure that they university has enough time to make any necessary arrangements. Visitors with disability or accessibility questions or who wish to acquire updated information on accessible parking, routes or buildings, can contact Nicole Hazelbaker, Dean of Students by telephone at (406) 683-7900 or by email at n_hazelbaker@umwestern.edu.

 

ENROLLED STUDENTS:

 

It is Montana Western’s policy that no qualified person be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination with regard to any University program, activity, internship, practicum, or class.

 

An enrolled student with disabilities who wishes to request academic adjustments must give initial notification to the Student Affairs Office and the Dean of Students that he/she has a physical, psychological, and/or learning disability. The student must provide appropriate documentation that describes the qualifying disability, the extent of that disability, and information on how the effects of the disability might be overcome through modifications or auxiliary aids and services. Please see the link to the left, Disability Documentation, for more complete information on how to provide documentation to Montana Western.

 

If the student does not make this notification and provide the appropriate documentation, Montana Western does not have a legal obligation to provide academic adjustments.

 

It is the goal of the University of Montana Western to meet the needs of each student with a disability. Upon receipt of disability documentation, the Dean of Students or her representative will contact the student to arrange a meeting to discuss academic adjustments. The student is welcome to bring a parent, guardian, significant other, or assistant to the meeting.

 

The meeting is designed to help the student be successful in his/her course work at Montana Western. The Dean of Students will help guide the student in making decisions regarding classes and needed academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services. Auxiliary aids and services may include services such as:

 

Note-taking

Books-on-audio

Proctored and/or orally delivered tests

Extended testing periods

Dictation services

 

Access to housing and dining facilities and services, campus buildings and programs, and student support groups are also topics discussed in the meeting with the Dean of Students.

 

We look forward to working with you and hope you’ll benefit from our services. Please feel free to contact Nicole Hazelbaker, Dean of Students at (406) 683-7900 with questions or for further information. You may email Nicole at n_hazelbaker@umwestern.edu.