UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Parent Information

The staff of Ability Services receive a lot of gratification from serving students and parents. We invite you to contact us with any questions, concerns, or feedback. However, please understand it's rare that we meet in person with specific students even when we're arranging their accommodations. The office purposely functions in ways that can maximize their ability to be independent. Typically we don't know what's happening in their courses unless they voluntarily tell us. The reasons for this are because:

  • College students are considered legal adults with a strong right to privacy. So the staff of Ability Services avoid unilateral efforts to closely monitor specific students.
  • Successful college students are usually very busy people. Yet some students can be concerned that classmates might notice they're involved with this office. So the office must function in ways that doesn't require students to spend a lot of time here. Usually to get their accommodations we only expect them to submit certain forms that explain the details regarding what they want and when it's needed.
  • Professors are usually very busy people. In various ways they're actually scientists, mathematicians, historians, artists, economists, business experts, etc.. Because the first test or assignment in a course may not occur until many weeks after it starts, they can't always tell if specific students are struggling to learn something. Then if students receive a low grade but don't seek support from professors, it can seem they're satisfied with that grade.

Please appropriately monitor your student's involvement at UWRF and let us now if you're concerned about something. If you're student is open to the idea of routine meetings for closer support from the office, we can certainly schedule them. Yet even then we must rely on your student to supply the motivation for attending the meetings and working on any important solutions.

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History and Philosophy Department
307 Kleinpell Fine Arts Building
(715) 425-3164
history@uwrf.edu

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