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Disability Documentation

Documentation Guidelines

The University of Montana Western adheres to the civil rights definition of disability. Eligibility for civil rights protection requires the applicant to meet one of the following three criteria in the civil rights definition of disability:
  1. have a physical or mental condition that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
  2. have a record of such a physical or mental condition; and/or
  3. be regarded as having such an impairment, whether actually having the impairment or not.
Examples of disabilities include, but are not limited to:
  • arthritis
  • attention deficit disorders
  • blindness/low vision
  • cerebral palsy
  • communication disorders, deafness/hearing impairments
  • emotional/psychological disabilities
  • multiple sclerosis
  • seizure disorders
  • specific learning disabilities
  • spinal cord injuries
  • temporary disabilities
  • traumatic brain injuries, and
  • other health impairments
Current written documentation that verifies the existence of the disability must be provided by each student. Verification of the disability should include a diagnosis, a description of the functional limitations that may affect academic performance, a rating of severity and a recommendation for accommodations. The documentation must contain the printed and signed name of a physician, psychologist, rehabilitation counselor, social worker or any authority qualified or certified to assess the disability. This person cannot be related to the student.

Montana Western must verify a student's disability prior to recommending reasonable accommodations. In order to ensure adequate documentation and thus timely provision of accommodations, Montana Western maintains documentation guidelines for Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders and psychiatric/psychological disabilities. Please take the links below to review these, and feel free to download them. They are intended to help ensure that the information you send to us helps you receive timely and appropriate reasonable accommodations.

Learning Disabilities
Attention Deficit Disorder
Psychiatric/Psychological Disabilities

Disability Services

Disability Services

Civil Rights

Access to The University of Montana Western 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 and will make certain all students and visitors have an equal opportunity in accessing our campus. The University of Montana Western is committed to achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities.


Visitors who need to request special assistance should contact the Dean of Students Office as soon as possible to ensure that they university has enough time to make any necessary arrangements. Visitors with disability or accessibility questions or who wish to acquire updated information on accessible parking, routes or buildings, can contact Nicole Hazelbaker, Dean of Students by telephone at (406) 683-7900 or by email at 


It is Montana Western’s policy that no qualified person be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination with regard to any University program, activity, internship, practicum, or class.

An enrolled student with disabilities who wishes to request academic adjustments must give initial notification to the Student Affairs Office and the Dean of Students that he/she has a physical, psychological, and/or learning disability. The student must provide appropriate documentation that describes the qualifying disability, the extent of that disability, and information on how the effects of the disability might be overcome through modifications or auxiliary aids and services. Please see the link to the left, Disability Documentation, for more complete information on how to provide documentation to Montana Western.

If the student does not make this notification and provide the appropriate documentation, Montana Western does not have a legal obligation to provide academic adjustments.

It is the goal of the University of Montana Western to meet the needs of each student with a disability. Upon receipt of disability documentation, the Dean of Students or her representative will contact the student to arrange a meeting to discuss academic adjustments. The student is welcome to bring a parent, guardian, significant other, or assistant to the meeting.

The meeting is designed to help the student be successful in his/her course work at Montana Western. The Dean of Students will help guide the student in making decisions regarding classes and needed academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services. Auxiliary aids and services may include services such as:
•Proctored and/or orally delivered tests
•Extended testing periods
•Dictation services

Access to housing and dining facilities and services, campus buildings and programs, and student support groups are also topics discussed in the meeting with the Dean of Students.

We look forward to working with you and hope you’ll benefit from our services. Please feel free to contact Nicole Hazelbaker, Dean of Students at (406) 683-7900 with questions or for further information. You may email Nicole at

UMW Student Health Plan

UMW Student Health Plan

Dear Students:

Our student health insurance is offered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana.  Most Montana University System campuses have this insurance.  It is a requirement of the University of Montana Western that students carrying seven or more credits have some form of health insurance. 

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana health policy is offered through the University of Montana Western and the premium for this policy will be automatically assessed to students.  The premiums are paid on a semster basis along with tuition and fees.  Those students covered by the insurance for Spring Semster will automatically be covered during the summer, even if they are not enrolled for classes in Summer Semester. 

If you have other health insurance, you may waive the student health insurance by signing the appropriate form at the time of payment of fees. 

2016/2017 Insurance Rates

Fall Semester- 08/01/2016 - 01/31/2017--$1,683.00
Spring Semester- 02/01/2017- 07/31/2017-- $1,683.00

The University of Montana Western Health Service provides the following services:
1. Student health insurance information
2. Wellness blood draw
3. Referrals to other campus and community services

The Provider List can be assessed at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana website:
For further information, please call the Student Insurance Office on your campus or Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana.

Dedicated Student Service Team: 1(800) 239-9446

Benefits and general provisions described herein are subject to the terms of the Group Contract. 

Student Health Services Information

Student Health Services Information

Community Health Services Hours:
M-F 8:00 AM  -  5:00 PM

41 Barrett Street (Brown Brick Building Behind Barrett Hospital Emergency Entrance)
(406) 683-4440

Health Services Providers: 
Patricia Carrick, FNP
Dana Harvey, PA
Dayna Leavens, PNP
Cindy Kaiser, RN, CNM
Jenny Given, MSW

General Information:
Your health care needs are being met through a contract with the Dillon Community Health Center. Please call for an appointment at (406) 683-4440 or show up (though you may need to wait a bit). You must present your current student health card.  

Primary Care Services Include:
Sick Visits
Preganancy Tests
Family Planning, Contraceptives
Flu Shots
Sore Muscle Pain
Tetanus Shots
Annual Paps
TB Tests
Blood Sugars
Minor Cuts/Sutures

Immunizations (shots) are costly for adults.  Through the contract for university students immunizations are available at a reduced rate.  MMR's will cost the student $0 per shot (college students need proof of two MMR shots) and Hepatitis B shots (need 3) are $15 per shot. 

For more complicated health services that require extensive lab and X-Ray test, present your student ID and bring your insurance card, as these are not covered under the agreement with the college.  A case manager is available to answer questions.  

If you have questions about your student health insurance contact the Student Life Office located in Davis Hall, or call the Community Health Center. 

Health Home

Student Wellness and Disability Services

The University Of Montana Western Student Wellness Program contributes to the quality of students' lives through the utilization of recreation facilities, promotion of services and health programming, and education about healthy lifestyle choices to support physical, intellectual, social, environmental and spiritual health.  The student wellness coordinator is Lexi Benson. 

Western contracts with the Community Health Clinic to provide basic medical care to all of its students. This service is paid for out of the fees students pay to the university and there is no extra cost for the clinic's services. 

Contact Wellness Coordinator Lexi Benson at (406) 683-7389 with questions. Her office is located in the Dean of Students Center.


Student Health 101:

Mental Health/Counseling: