Rights and Responsibilities


Students with disabilities have the right to:

·         Full and equal participation in the services and activities of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

·         Reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services

·         Privacy and to not have confidential information freely disseminated throughout the campus

·         Limit access to confidential records. In doing so, however, students recognize that implementing accommodations may become more difficult

·         Information readily available in accessible formats

Students with disabilities have the responsibility to:

·         Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, services, jobs and activities

·         Identify as an individual with a disability when an accommodation is needed and to seek information, counsel and assistance as necessary

·         Demonstrate and/or document (from an appropriate professional) how the disability limits their participation in courses, programs, services, jobs and activities

·         Follow published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services, or requesting barrier removal

The University, through faculty and staff, has the right to:

·         Establish essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge and standards for courses, programs, services, jobs and activities or facilities and to evaluate students on this basis;

·         Determine the appropriate standards in developing, constructing, remodeling and maintaining facilities;

·         Confirm disability status and request and receive current, relevant documentation that supports requests for accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services;

·         Have appropriate staff discuss students and their disabilities in order to implement requested accommodations (particularly instructional accommodations);

·         Deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments or auxiliary aids and services, and/or barrier removal in facilities if the documentation does not demonstrate that the request is warranted, or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation;

·         Select among equally effective accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services;

·         Refuse unreasonable accommodations, academic adjustments or auxiliary aids and services, and/or facility-related barrier removal requests that impose a fundamental alteration on a program or activity of the university.

The University has the responsibility to:

·         Provide information to faculty, staff, students and guests with disabilities in accessible formats upon request

·         Ensure that courses, programs, services, jobs, activities and facilities, when viewed in their entirety, are available and usable in the most integrated and appropriate settings

·         Evaluate students on the basis of their abilities and not their disabilities

·         Respond to requests on a timely basis

·         Provide or arrange reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities in courses, programs, services, jobs, activities and facilities

·         Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication except where permitted or required by law