Faculty and Staff Resources
As an instructor or faculty member at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh you play an important role in assuring access for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities are encouraged to work with their instructors to obtain reasonable accommodations that provide equal access and equal challenge in the classroom. Accommodations should not be misinterpreted as making things easier for the student; but instead are a means to level the playing field for individuals who meet all of the requirements to attend the university, but have a disability that hinders full enjoyment and access. Our philosophy and approach rest with providing equal access and equal challenge in the classroom, but we never guarantee success. Accommodations should not result in a fundamental alteration of the academic program or the course requirements and expectations.
The university serves over 700 students with disabilities annually. Disabilities include visual or hearing impairments, learning disabilities, physical limitations, chronic health conditions, psychological or psychiatric impairments, and other disabilities. We also assist students, including veterans, who suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or concussions as a result of combat, sports injuries, auto accidents, or other mishaps. Services for students with disabilities are provided by the Dean of Students office. However, Project Success also provides services and accommodations specifically for students with print-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia. While the programs are technically separate, Project Success and the Dean of Students office collaborates to provide the best possible support for students and faculty. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has enjoyed an excellent reputation in the state and the region for our disability services programs and national recognition for our Project Success program.
The information on this website is intended to assist staff and faculty in developing a greater understanding of how best to work with students with disabilities and assure equal access. There is information on what to do if you suspect that a student may have an undiagnosed disability or might be in need of additional support or assistance. The Dean of Students office is available for consultation and short presentations on disability-related topics.