COVID-19 Related Resources
- McBurney Center FAQ for Virtual Learning and Accessibility in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (for students and instructors)
- Accessibility and Accommodation information (on Campus Instructional Continuity website)
McBurney Connect Email/Online “Faculty Notification Letters” Replacing McBurney Center VISAs Starting Summer 2018
About the Change The McBurney Center implemented a new electronic accommodation and case management system called McBurney Connect starting Summer 2018. Through McBurney Connect, students generate a Faculty Notification Letter for each class section in which they are requesting accommodations. The …
Sample Syllabus Statement
The following syllabus statement can be found on the Office of the Provost’s Teaching and Learning website in the “course syllabus template” located on the Course Syllabi page.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison supports the right of all enrolled students to a full and equal educational opportunity. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Wisconsin State Statute (36.12), and UW-Madison policy (UW-855) require the university to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities to access and participate in its academic programs and educational services. Faculty and students share responsibility in the accommodation process. Students are expected to inform faculty [me] of their need for instructional accommodations during the beginning of the semester, or as soon as possible after being approved for accommodations. Faculty [I], will work either directly with the student [you] or in coordination with the McBurney Center to provide reasonable instructional and course-related accommodations. Disability information, including instructional accommodations as part of a student’s educational record, is confidential and protected under FERPA. (See: McBurney Disability Resource Center)
Faculty are strongly encouraged to include this written statement in their syllabus and verbally reference it when presenting the course standards to their classes. In addition, faculty should customize the statement with directions regarding how they prefer students to contact them regarding accommodation requests (e.g., email, office appointment, etc.). Please note that communication via email may be more effective for some students whose disability impacts communication abilities (e.g., autism, anxiety).
The Notetaking Accommodation is now handled through McBurney Connect, including recruitment of notetakers and posting of notes for eligible students.
Occasionally the McBurney Center staff will contact instructors to assist in recruiting a notetaker. If a student is interesting in becoming a notetaker, please have them complete the notetaker application in McBurney Connect.