About Accessibility at UM

The University of Montana affords all qualified individuals with disabilities equal opportunities for full participation in University programs and activities. The University works to ensure that these programs and activities are accessible and are offered to the greatest extent possible in the same manner and in the same setting as they are offered to individuals without disabilities.

University obligations include:

  • Scheduling University-related meetings, lectures, seminars, performances, conferences, and events in accessible locations.
  • Ensuring that electronic and information technology is fully and equally accessible to, and independently usable by, individuals with disabilities. This means that websites, software, classroom technology, and multimedia are accessible.
  • Responding to all accommodation and modification requests directly and in a timely manner.

The University has resources to help us meet these requirements:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act Team monitors UM facilities, programs, policies, plans, and activities to ensure that the University meets its responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and applicable State laws. The ADA Team also functions as an alternative dispute resolution body for issues concerning accessibility.
  • Our Accessibility website includes comprehensive information about accessibility at UM.
  • Accessible Technology Services provides production, remediation, and direct student assistive technology and alternative formats support along with training and consulting to help ensure that documents, instructional materials, media, software, hardware, computing systems, and websites meet accessibility requirements. Contact ATS by calling 243-3482 or ats@umontana.edu.
  • UMOnline provides training to all faculty and staff who develop content in Moodle and reviews online courses, documents, and media for accessibility. Contact UMOnline's Accessibility Specialist, Marlene Zentz, at 243-6434.
  • Disability Services for Students coordinates reasonable program modifications for otherwise qualified students with disabilities and acts as an accessibility resource for faculty and staff. The DSS website contains sample syllabi statements, commonly used modifications, and information about how to create an accessible learning environment. Contact DSS at 243-2243, 203-0591 (videophone), or dss@umontana.edu.
  • Human Resource Services assists employees who request reasonable accommodations. Contact HRS at 243-6766.

ADA Coordinator and Grievance Procedures

The University's ADA Coordinator is Jessica Weltman, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. The University has grievance procedures for resolving discrimination on the basis of disability, including failing to provide reasonable accommodations or program modifications for individuals with disabilities. Discrimination grievances may be filed with the ADA Coordinator by filling out the online discrimination grievance form, calling 243-5710 or emailing eoaa@umontana.edu.