Pursuant to both federal and Montana law, the University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s physical or mental disability. The United States Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to combat discrimination based on disability. In Montana, the Montana Human Rights Act serves the same purpose. Disability discrimination is the denial of privileges or benefits of education or employment, or the denial of the opportunity to participate in university activities, because of an individual’s actual disability, because of that individual’s record of having a disability, or because that individual is regarded as having a disability. Discrimination also includes the failure to make reasonable accommodations that are required by a person with a disability. Retaliation against a student requesting a reasonable accommodation is prohibited.

The University will make reasonable accommodations or program modifications as appropriate to remove any barriers that may exist for an individual with a disability.  

However, the University is not required to provide accommodations that would result in an undue hardship to the University.  An undue hardship is “an action requiring significant difficulty or expense.”  

It is the disabled individual’s responsibility to begin the reasonable accommodation discussion, and the University’s responsibility to engage in a good-faith interaction with the individual, so that both parties can cooperate to develop a reasonable accommodation.

Students who have a disability should contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) at (406) 243-2243 or dss@umontana.edu. DSS is located in Room 154 in the Lommasson Center.

Employees who believe they need a reasonable accommodation for a disability should contact Cindy Boies in Human Resource Services at (406) 243-2286. Human Resource Services is located in Room 252 in the Lommasson Center.

Individuals who have a concern about access for individuals with disabilities at the University may contact the ADA/504 Team.