UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Ability Services

Policies

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is committed to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to access, participate in, and benefit from any of the university’s services, programs, and activities. UWRF, as a Title II institution under the Section 504 Americans with Disabilities Act, receives federal funding and is mandated by law to accommodate students with disabilities.

Implementation of Policy:

Students in need of accommodations should submit their request to the Ability Services office. Students may request academic and housing accommodations through the Ability Services Office. Accommodations will be offered to eligible students, unless the accommodation would fundamentally alter the nature of the program, service, or activity. UWRF provides students with reasonable accommodations in a timely manner.

The Ability Services Office uses an interactive process and the use of submitted clinical documentation to determine the reasonable nature of each student’s individual accommodation request. All accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis. If denied, students will receive written communication pertaining to the reason for the denial, as well as the process used to identify determination.

 

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Ability Services office adheres and follow the policies set out and established under FERPA.  FERPA governs the release and access of student education records maintained by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  Students are afforded certain rights concerning their educational records including (1) the right to inspect and review education records, (2) the right to have the records amended, and (3) the right to have control over the disclosure of the information from the records.

Implementation of Policy:

Ability Services staff do not disclose the nature of a student’s disability without the permission of the student.

Students who elect for Ability Services staff to disclose disability related information to parents or other external entities are required to authorize their permission by completing the Authorization to Release Confidential Information Form.

A temporary impairment does not constitute a disability for purposes of Section 504 of the ADA, unless its severity is such that it results in substitution limitation of one or more major life activities for an extended period of time. All temporary accommodation requests are determined on case-by-case basis.

Implementation of Policy:

The Ability Services office meets with students with temporary impairments and determines who can effectively support the student based on the following two factors, (1) the severity of identified symptoms and (2) the expected timeline of recovery.

If the severity of the condition is not substantial and will take less than 4 weeks to recover, faculty are asked to work directly with the student to provide the student the requested accommodation.

All accommodation request applications are to be completed a minimum of 30 days prior to the end of each term for new students. 

For currently registered students, all requested accommodations for each semester are to be completed within the first 30 days of each term. 

Implementation of Policy:

New Students - All new students are to have finished all of the accommodation steps 30 days prior to the end of the term. The steps include:

  1. Completion of the “New Student Application” found on our homepage
  2. Submission of clinical documentation which supports the need for each requested accommodation
  3. Participation and collaboration in an Intake Appointment

Returning Students - All returning students are required to complete the form to request Faculty Notification Letters (FNL) each semester, within the first 30 days of each term.  Providing FNL to professors allows students to utilize their approved accommodations each semester.

 

Equal Access for Students

Fostering Independence, Reducing Barriers, & Promoting Inclusion

 

Ability Services

715.425.0740
ability.services@uwrf.edu
Confidential Fax: 715.425.0742
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
123 Rodli Hall