SUMMARY OF UW DISABILITY RESOURCES, POLICIES AND
A practical and effective model for responding to campus disability issues
contains: (a) a campus wide network of collaboration and responsibility
and (b) a clearly defined and articulated set of policies, procedures
and processes for responding to issues affecting faculty, staff, students
and guests. Outlined below is the system currently implemented at the
University of Wisconsin Madison.
I. Campus Network
McBurney Disability Resource Center:
Provides services to students and nonemployees with disabilities.
Office for Equity and Diversity:
A Disability and Personnel Specialist provides support to departments
with disabled employees. Assesses needs and makes accommodation recommendations
Facilities, Planning and Management:
An "Accessibility Specialist" is responsible for (a) assisting departments
with barrier removal projects, (b) reviewing renovation and new construction
plans for ADA compliance, and (c) serving as campus consultant on
issues relating to physical access.
Committee on Access and Accommodation in Instruction:
University committee appointed by the chancellor consisting of faculty,
staff and students who identify and review issues pertaining to disability,
instruction and accommodations.
ADA Task Force: University task force
appointed by the chancellor responsible for implementing self-evaluation
and transition plans and addressing non-instructional disability-related
Access and Accommodation Resource Coordinators
(AARC's): For academic units, these are senior faculty appointed
by department chairs serving as liaisons between faculty, staff and
students with disabilities. Primary duty is providing information,
assistance, and referral to faculty and students on issues not easily
resolvable. AARC's are trained by the Committee on Access and Accommodation
in Instruction. Student services and general administrative units
also have AARC's.
Divisional Disability Representatives (DDR's):
DDR's are the employee equivalent of the AARC's. They are designated
by their dean or director to assist supervisors and managers response
to disability-related employment matters. DDR's are trained by the
Disability Specialist within the Equity and Diversity Resource Center.
ADA/504 Coordinator: The ADA Coordinator,
currently the Director of Administrative Legal Services, chairs
the ADA Task Force and is responsible for compliance with the federal
disability laws. The ADA Coordinator serves as the second level of
appeal for the denial of accommodation requests.
The 8 components above work collaboratively in responding
to disability-related campus issues or concerns.
II. Policies, Procedures, and Processes
Section 504 of Vocational Rehabilitation Act
Americans with Disabilities Act
Wisconsin State Law
Chapter 36.12. "No student may be denied admission
to, participation in or the benefits of, or discriminated against
in any service, program, course, or facility of the [UW] system
or it's institutions or centers because of a student's race, color,
creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, ancestry, age,
sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, or parental status."
University of Wisconsin System Policy
"It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin
System that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability
shall be denied access to or participation in any program, service,
or activity offered by the universities." (excerpted from "The
University of Wisconsin System, Policies of the Board of Regents",
University of Wisconsin-Madison Policies
Faculty Document 1071 (5/2/94):
UW Madison Faculty Policy on Access and Accommodation in Instruction.
"We believe in the right of all students who are enrolled at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison to full and equal educational
opportunity. Disability should not be the basis for exclusion
from educational programs. All students are entitled to an accessible,
accommodating, and supportive teaching and learning environment."
Faculty Document 1143 (5/1/95):
Alternative Assessment for Students with Disabilities. This is
a faculty senate policy acknowledging that alternative testing
accommodations may be necessary for qualified students with disabilities
to fully participate in instructional programs. Policy acknowledges
the faculty's authority to test and the student's right to request
and receive "reasonable accommodation", while recognizing accommodations
are not to fundamentally alter the nature of the course or test
and can not provide the student with an unfair advantage.
Disability Accommodation Appeals Process.
Three level appeal process (department, ADA Coordinator, formal
complaint) under state chapter 36.12.
Additional Campus Policies and Procedures:
Disability Accommodation Policies for Employees
"Transfer as an Accommodation" Procedures for
Employment Provisions of the ADA: UW Guidelines
Faculty Document 1159a: Faculty Accommodation
Under the ADA
Disability Parking Policy
Snow Removal Service
UW Madison ADA Grievance Procedures
ADA Conference Planning Guidelines
Medical Records Under the ADA
ADA Accommodation Notice
Law School Test Accommodation Policy
Wisconsin Union ADA Policy
Service Animals Policy
Through the collaborative efforts of the individuals and
units listed under Part I (Campus Network) guided by federal, state, system,
and university laws, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines,
the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed a comprehensive and
effective system for responding to campus disability issues. Results are
a contemplative, thorough and fair process empowering faculty, staff and
students to collectively share in the responsibility of upholding academic
integrity while fully including all individuals with disabilities.