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Academic Programs, Student Services, Residence Life

Disability Support Services is the office responsible for assuring that the university programs, services, and activities are accessible to students with disabilities. Students with disabilities wishing to request an accommodation may contact this office.

Disability Support Services
Main Hall 212
[email protected] 


Reasonable accommodation with respect to employment matters should be coordinated with Human Resources. Applicants, prospective employees and faculty and staff with disabilities may submit requests for accommodation to:

Human Resources
James Short Administration Building
[email protected]

University Events, Athletic Contests and Public Offerings

Members of the public and visitors with disabilities may contact the following offices to request reasonable accommodations for an event. Planning ahead will greatly reduce the risk of difficulties.

Other Facilities, Services, and Programs

For any other facilities, services and programs or to raise concerns about accessibility or access, contact Disability Supports Services to be connected with the appropriate Accessibility Contact Person.

The Accessibility Contact Person is responsible for addressing accessibility issues, maintaining accessibility information, including the existence and location of accessible features and routes; providing information to the university community about accessibility requirements and responding to individual and group accessibility requests:

Disability Support Services
Main Hall 212
[email protected] 

Web Accessibility

Admitted and prospective students, employees, applicants, and countless other visitors access the University of Montana Western’s web properties using a wide variety of technologies. Our visitors utilize a variety of different web browsers, screen resolutions, and preferred font sizes.  A growing number of visitors are using mobile phones and other hand-held computers.  Like some of our students and employees, some of our web visitors have disabilities that can make access to our website challenging or even impossible.  To promote UMW’s commitment to access for all individuals, web content should be accessible to all members of our diverse audience. Accessible web content should be developed in accordance with the following guidelines and standards:

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0:

WCAG 2.0 covers a wide range of recommendations for making web content more accessible. Following these guidelines at the AA level, will make content accessible to a wider range of people with various kinds of disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these. Implementing proper accessibility will make your web content more usable to users in general.

These Guidelines are associated with the following principles:

1.1 Perceivable: Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.

1.2. Operable: User interface components and navigation must be operable.

1.3. Understandable: Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.

1.4. Robust: Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.

Reporting a Web Accessibility Issue

For questions regarding web accessibility or to notify the University regarding online information or functionality that is currently inaccessible, contact the Director of ITS & eLearning.

Accessibility Information On-line

Complaints or Grievances

The university has adopted a policy prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a disability. Individuals who have complaints alleging discrimination based upon a disability may file them with the following:

Disability Support Services
Main Hall 212
[email protected] 

Montana Human Rights Commission
1625 11th Ave.
PO Box 1728
Helena, MT 59624-1728
Voice: 406-444-2884
Toll free: 800-542-0807

U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
Seattle Office
915 Second Avenue, Room 3310
Seattle, WA 98174-1099
[email protected]
Voice: 206-607-1600
Fax: 206-607-1601
TDD: 206-607-1647