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A STATEMENT OF POLICY

RE:  APPEAL PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES


A student who receives an adverse decision concerning supportive services by the office of the Student Accessibility Center (SAC) may appeal the decision to the appropriate authority within the Student Accessibility Center.  Decisions that are able to be appealed include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Refusal to provide, or cancellation of, paid sign language interpreters, note takers, or tutors.
  •  Refusal to grant, or cancellation of, the SAC service of Priority Registration into classes for otherwise eligible students.
  • Refusal to grant, or cancellation of, extra time on placement, proficiency, or regular class tests.
  • Refusal to provide, or cancellation of, materials in tape-recorded or other alternate format.

The Associate Vice-Chancellor of Campus Climate, Academic Affairs, is the final authority in reviewing appeals.  In pursuing an appeal the student must strictly comply with the following procedures and time periods.

Step 1:

The student appeals the initial decision in question to the Director of SAC in writing within 15 working days of the action that prompted the appeal.  The director will reconsider the decision and a written statement of the reason for the decision will be given to the student within 5 working days.

Step 2:

If Step 1 decision is adverse to the student, the student may, within 10 working days from the date of that decision, unless an extension is mutually agreed upon, appeal to a sub- committee within the ADA Advisory Committee.  The subcommittee will be constituted only for the purpose of reviewing Step 2 appeals and will consist of the ADA Advisory Committee Chair, the UWM ADA Coordinator, and a faculty member (also an ADA Advisory Committee member) appointed by the ADA Committee Chair.  The student must present to this body, in writing, evidence in support of the appeal.  The student may request a hearing with the appeals subcommittee.  All parties involved in the initial decision will be invited to be present at the hearing.  For the hearing all appeals subcommittee members must be present to consider the case.  A written report of the decision on the appeal is provided by the subcommittee to the student, to the Director of SAC, and to the Associate Vice-Chancellor.

Step 3:

If the Step 2 decision is adverse to the student, the student may, within 10 working days from the date of that decision, appeal to the Associate Vice-Chancellor.  All documentation must be forwarded to the Associate Vice-Chancellor who makes the final decision in writing.

 (Revised 10/03)


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