Procedures for Requesting Extraordinary Accommodations to the General Education Communications and Quantitative Reasoning Requirements
9/21/98 Communication and quantitative reasoning skills are essential components of an undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin--Madison. The importance of these skills was affirmed when they became degree requirements by action of the Faculty Senate in 1994.
In December 1996, the Committee on Access and Accommodation approved a subcommittee report outlining ordinary kinds of accommodation suitable for meeting the communications and quantitative reasoning requirements. Stating that waivers of these requirements would fundamentally alter the nature of the UWMadison degree, the report instead recognized, as the ordinary forms of acceptable accommodation, various appropriate choices of courses, exemptions by testing, transfer of courses, and modifications within existing courses Because the communications and quantitative reasoning requirements are campus-wide and need to be satisfied equitably and uniformly across campus, the committee recommended that any appeals for different, extraordinary accommodations should not be acted upon by individual departments, schools, or colleges, but should be handled on a case-by-case basis by the Committee on Access and Accommodation, the relevant campus-wide standing committee. The December 1996 report and its recommendations have subsequently been accepted by the University Academic Planning Council and approved as university policy."
The following procedure has been developed solely for the purpose of addressing requests for extraordinary accommodations to the communications and quantitative reasoning portions of the general education requirements.
The appeals subcommittee of the Committee on Access and Accommodation will review requests for extraordinary accommodations to the communication or quantitative reasoning requirement. A representative from the dean's office of the applicable school or college will be invited to participate in the subcommittee's discussion. All of the following documentation must be forwarded to the subcommittee:
The subcommittee chair will initially review the documentation. If sufficient documentation, as outlined in this section, is not present, the appeal will not be heard and the material will be returned to the student with an indication of what additional information is needed.
Deadlines and Appeals
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