Civil Rights and the Student
Access to the University of Montana is a civil right. When viewed in their entirety, programs at the University must be readily accessible to and usable by people with disabilities. Program access must be assured in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of the individual and to the maximum extent feasible. The University promises that no otherwise qualified person with a disability will be denied or limited participation in or the benefits of any programs solely on the basis of a disability. The University prohibits disability discrimination against qualified students and will make certain all students and others have an equal opportunity in accessing our institution.
The University is not barrier-free, but reasonable modifications will be made to guarantee program access. Reasonable modifications modify non-essential components of programs so individuals will have equal footing to participate and compete. All modifications requests will be given due process and consideration.
Three primary laws give people with disabilities full civil rights protection at the University. These laws are:
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act;
- the Americans with Disabilities Act; and
- The Montana Human Rights Act.
In addition to the actual statutes, regulations and case law give shape to these civil rights. Specific information on these laws is available at the Disability Services office. One may also contact the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, theMontana Human Rights Bureau, The University of Montana-Missoula ADA Team, and The University of Montana Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office. Discrimination complaints may be directed to these authorities as described in the section titled ADA Team.