Rights & Responsibilities

Students with disabilities, faculty, and the Office for Disability Equity have rights and responsibilities related to reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Montana Human Rights Act. Collaborative efforts among these three parties ensure equal access.

Students have the right to equal opportunities for education and participation in University activities. Students must meet or exceed the essential requirements of the University of Montana with or without accommodations. Students are responsible for initiating the request for accommodations and services in a timely manner and communicating with faculty regarding accommodations. Students work with their coordinators as needed.

Faculty is responsible to create and maintain an accessible learning environment, while at the same time maintaining academic standards. Faculty expects the student to initiate accommodation requests and provides reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access. Faculty also refers students to the Office for Disability Equity when necessary and refrains from retaliation against individuals advocating for accessibility.

The Office for Disability Equity determines the students' eligibility, coordinates, and provides reasonable accommodations. The office responds in a timely manner to students who request accommodations and services. The office emphasizes collaborative partnerships with faculty and other campus community members to assure that the UM programs are accessible and usable by students with disabilities.