Equal Employer Opportunity Statement

Equal Employer Opportunity Statement

Western Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual preference, disability, age, religion, creed, marital status, or lack of English skills in admissions or participation. Our Affirmative Action Officer is the administrator for and handles inquiries regarding the following: Titles VI, VII, and IX, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Western’s Title IX Coordinator for students is the Dean of Students, Shelly McNeely, (608) 785-9880, e-mail mcneelys@westerntc.edu, Title IX Coordinator for employees is the Employment, Benefits, and EEO Manager Deb Chesebro, e-mail chesebrod@westerntc.edu, Section 504 for students is Kristina Stellpflug stellpflugk@westerntc.edu, and for employees Deb Chesebro chesebrod@westerntc.edu. The mailing address is 400 Seventh Street North, Post Office Box C-0908, La Crosse, WI 54602-0908. Inquiries regarding this policy or other issues can be directed to Western Technical College, Attn: Employment, Benefits, EEO Manager, 400 7th St. N., La Crosse, WI 54601, (608) 785-9274 (voice), TTY (608) 785-9551 or Wisconsin Telecommunication Relay System (800) 947-3529. Generally, an individual may also file a complaint with Office of Civil Rights within 180 days of alleged discrimination. Contact information for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Boston, MA 02109-4557, telephone (617) 223-9662 (voice) or (617) 223-9695 (TTY).

Western Technical College tsis cais ib haiv neeg, xim, tseeg, keeb kwm teb chaws, pw ua ke, xum deev, xiam hoob qhab, hnub nyoog, kev ntseeg, creed, raws li txoj cai rau ob leeg, los yog tsis muaj kev txawj Askiv pub los yog kev koom tes. Peb tus Officer Affirmative nkaus yog cov neeg khiav dej num rau thiab tuam haujlwm txais cov lus nug txog cov nram no: lub npe VI, VII, thiab IX, Section 504 thiab Americans with Disabilities Act. Western lub Title IX Coordinator rua cov kawm yog tus thawj saib kev kawm, Shelly McNeely, (608) 785-9880, e-mail mcneelys@westerntc.edu, Title IX Coordinator rau cov neeg ua hauj lwm yog txoj hauj lwm, nyiaj, thiab EEO Manager Deb Chesebro, e-mail chesebrod@westerntc.edu, Section 504 rau cov menyuam kawm ntawv no Kristina Stellpflug stellflugk@westerntc.edu, thiab rau cov neeg ua hauj lwm Deb Chesebro chesebrod@westerntc.edu. Qhov chaw nyob yog 400 Seventh Street North, ncej Office Box C-0908, La Crosse, WI 54602-0908. Cov lus nug txog txoj cai no los yog lwm yam teeb meem yuav muab qhia rau Western Technical College, Attn: ua hauj lwm, cov kev pab cuam, EEO Manager, 400 qib 7 St. N., La Crosse, WI 54601, (608) 785-9274 (suab), TTY (608) 785-9551 lossis Wisconsin Telecommunication Relay System (800) 947-3529 TTY. Feem ntau, ib tug zaum kuj foob nrog Office of Civil Rights tsis pub dhau 180 hnub ncig kev ntxub ntxaug. Kev sib cuag rau lub Office rau Civil Rights (OCR), Boston, MA 02109-4557, xov tooj (617) 223-9662 (suab) los yog (617) 223-9695 (TTY).

Western Technical College no discrimina en base a raza, color, ascendencia, origen nacional, sexo, preferencia sexual, discapacidad, edad, religión, credo, estado civil o falta de conocimientos de inglés en admisiones o participación. Nuestro oficial de acción afirmativa es el administrador y se encarga de las investigaciones sobre las cuestiones siguientes: títulos VI, VII y IX, sección 504 y la ley de estadounidenses con discapacidades. Coordinador de Western del título IX para los estudiantes es el decano de estudiantes, Shelly McNeely, (608) 785-9880, e-mail mcneelys@westerntc.edu, Coordinador del título IX para los empleados es el empleo, beneficios, y Gerente de EEO Deb Chesebro, e-mail chesebrod@westerntc.edu, sección 504 para estudiantes es Kristina Stellpflug stellflugk@westerntc.edu y para los empleados Deb Chesebro chesebrod@westerntc.edu. La dirección de correo es 400 Seventh Street North, Post Office Box C-0908, La Crosse, WI 54602-0908. Las preguntas sobre esta política u otros asuntos pueden ser dirigidas a Western Technical College, Attn: empleo, beneficios, Gerente de EEO, 400 7th St. N., La Crosse, WI 54601, (608) 785-9274 (voz), TTY (608) 785-9551 o sistema de relé de telecomunicación de Wisconsin (800) 947-3529. Generalmente, una persona también puede presentar una queja con la oficina de derechos civiles dentro de los 180 días de la supuesta discriminación. Información de contacto de la oficina para derechos civiles (OCR), Boston, MA 02109-4557, teléfono (617) 223-9662 (voz) o al (617) 223-9695 (TTY).


Policy for Provision of Reasonable Accommodation for People with Disabilities

Western Technical College is in compliance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It is the policy of Western Technical College to provide reasonable accommodations (when requested) for qualified individuals with disabilities who are students, potential students, employees or applicants for employment, provided such reasonable accommodation does not place undue hardship on the operations of the College. The College will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal employment and educational opportunity to qualified individuals with disabilities. Reasonable accommodation will be provided in a timely and cost-effective manner upon self-identification, verification and an analysis of solutions. Reasonable accommodations are not mandatory when the person with the disability poses a direct threat to the health or safety of themselves or others.

An individual with a disability is any person who has or acquires a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. Temporary, non-chronic impairments of short duration, with little or no long-term or permanent impact, are usually not considered disabilities under the ADA.

A physical or mental impairment is any physiological disorder, disfigurement, or anatomical loss or limitation affecting one or more of the body’s systems, or any mental or psychological disorder acquired as a result of illness, accident or birth.

A qualified individual with a disability is an individual with a disability whose experience, education, and/or training enable the person, with reasonable accommodation, to perform the essential functions of a job or to participate in an educational program.

A reasonable accommodation is the effort made to make adjustments for an impairment by structuring the work or educational environment in a manner that will enable the disabled individual to perform the essential functions of a job or program. Reasonable accommodation includes, but is not limited to, modifying written examinations, making facilities accessible, adjusting work schedules, restructuring jobs, providing assistive devices or equipment, providing readers or interpreters, modifying work sites, and providing services, programs and activities offered in the facility to individuals with disabilities through alternative methods. Students who are in need of specialized personal care such as toileting, feeding, wheelchair pushing, medicating will be expected to have these needs provided by an agent or agency other than Western Technical College.

Undue hardship refers to any accommodation that would be unduly costly, extensive, substantial or disruptive, or that would fundamentally alter the nature or operation of Western Technical College.


Provision of Reasonable Accommodation for People with Disabilities

I. Notification

A. Western Technical College will ensure that notification off the policy for provision of Reasonable Accommodation for People with Disabilities is published annually in the college Catalog, in the student Handbook, the Faculty Handbook, and by other appropriate means.

II. Procedure

A. When a student wishes to request an accommodation, it is necessary for that individual to use the Student Accommodation Request Form, which may be obtained from the Counseling staff or Instructional Support Specialist located in the Welcome Center, 400 7th Street North, La Crosse, WI 54601.

Employees are advised to speak to their supervisor regarding requested accommodations, or an employee may obtain an Employee Accommodation Request Form from Section 504 Coordinator, Human Resources Department, Administrative Center, 111 7th Street North, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601, or by telephoning (608) 785-9274 or TTY (608) 785-9551 or Wisconsin Telecommunication Relay System (800) 947-3529.

B. Students should return the completed Student Accommodation Request Form to the Instructional Support Specialist. Employees should return the completed Employee Accommodation Request Form to the Section 504 Coordinator (Sec. A).

C. Reasonable accommodation will be provided in a timely manner, but no later than thirty (30) days. Any unresolved requests will be reviewed by the Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Committee for determination concerning any accommodation to be made. The ADA Compliance Committee consists of the Section 504 Coordinator, the Physical Plant Manager, Director of Counseling, Instructional Support Specialist, selected faculty members and selected students.

D. A student or employee requesting special accommodations or services will be required to provide proof of the disabling condition(s) and limitations resulting from this condition(s).

III. Complaint/Appeal

A. Any student or employee has the right to file a complaint due to alleged failure by Western Technical College to provide requested reasonable accommodation. Individuals claiming they have been denied a requested accommodation under the American With Disabilities Act should file a failure to Provide Requested Accommodation Complaint Form with the Section 504 Coordinator. This form is available from the Section 504 Coordinator at the location listed in paragraph II.A.

B. All complaints of failure to accommodate shall be investigated by the ADA Compliance Committee and a report filed with the President/District Director within two (2) weeks from receipt of the complaint. Final resolution of complaints rests with the President/District Director. The President/District Director shall issue a written decision within thirty (30) days of receipt of the report from the ADA Compliance Committee.

C. If a student or employee believes they have been adversely affected by the President/District Director’s written decision; the complainant may appeal the decision to the District Board within thirty (30) days of receipt of the decision. The District Board shall issue a written decision within forty-five (45) days of receipt of the appeal.

D. The District Board decision shall be subject to review pursuant to Chapter 227, Wisconsin Statutes, and TCS 4 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code.

E. Nothing in this procedure shall preclude a student’s or employee’s right to seek other avenues of redress outside of the District.

F. No rights or benefits of a student or employee shall be denied because of a filed complaint.