Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made to ensure access to academic programs, services, and employment in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) standards. Applicants with disabilities who need accommodations to take COMPASS or the Health Education Systems, Inc (HESI) entrance exams for Southwest Tech must contact the Testing Center (822-2313) to schedule their testing appointment. Applicants requesting extended time, large print forms, audio versions, or a personal room for taking the COMPASS or HESI because of a disability must provide documentation to support their request prior to scheduling a date for testing. Southwest Tech reviews accommodation requests case by case. All documentation submitted to the College is subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended.
For more information, please contact Lori Garvey, Support Services Specialist/Transition Coordinator at 608.822.2631 or 1.800.362.3322, extension 2631; or email firstname.lastname@example.org; TDD/ TTY 608.822.2072 (for the hearing impaired).
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in employment, admissions or its programs or activities. Southwest Tech offers degrees, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates in agribusiness, business, graphics, home economics, industrial, and health. Admissions criteria vary by program and are available by calling our Admissions Office at 608.822.2354. The following person has been designated to coordinate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and to handle inquiries regarding the College's nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, 1800 Bronson Boulevard, Fennimore, WI, 53809. Call 608.822.2315 / 608.822.2072 (TTY).
View our Equal Opportunity Statement on the Publications page.
Equal opportunity statement
Statement for the Southwest Wisconsin Technical College District Board
The Southwest Wisconsin Technical College District Board has an established policy intended to bring about equal employment and educational opportunities within this institution. The District makes every attempt to stay in compliance with federal, state, and local antidiscrimination and affirmative action laws and executive orders, including Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sec. 38.23 statutes, Section 504 or the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Equal Pay Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Acts of 1967 and 1975, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, the Wisconsin Fair Employment law, other appropriate laws and executive orders and/or administrative directives and codes. The District has actively worked to promote and implement this policy, and it will continue to reinforce the concept that our educational institution is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all persons.
It is the District policy to maintain fair and impartial relations with employees and applicants for employment, and students and student applicants in any service, program, activity, course, or use of facilities on the basis of sex, age, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, political affiliation, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, parental status, arrest record, conviction record, genetic testing, and the use and non use of lawful products off the premises during nonworking hours, and membership in National Guard, State Defense Force, or other military forces of the United States. Lack of English reading/speaking skills, will not be a barrier to admission and participation in district programs.
Affirmative Action will be utilized to achieve a work force and student body that includes an appropriate balance of women, racial/ethnic groups, and persons with disabilities. All employment practices, opportunities, and personnel actions such as recruitment, promotions, compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoffs, communication of information, terminations, retention, certification, testing, committee assignments, institution sponsored training and education, tuition assistance, and social and recreation programs will be administered without regard to the factors noted. The District will provide reasonable accommodation to employees for religious observances and practices.
The District will seek assurance from all contractors and suppliers of products and services that they do not discriminate. The District Board also encourages the purchase of products and services from women, minority and disabled business owners.
The management staff share the Affirmative Action Program responsibility and performance standards including the Affirmative Action Plan. The College Equal Opportunity Officer is responsible for implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the District Equal Opportunity Policy and for coordinating the Affirmative Action Plan, and shall report directly to the President of the College. The Equal Opportunity Officer is also responsible for District compliance with the regulations of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - Section 504, Title IX, and the development of activities that relate to gender equity.
Employees discriminating against students will be subject to discipline under appropriate Southwest Tech employment policies, and as applicable, collective bargaining agreements. Students discriminating against other students, staff, or nonemployees will be subject to discipline under procedures included in the Southwest Tech Student Handbook and Employees' and Students' Right to Know. The College will take necessary corrective action to remedy any instances when discrimination is determined to have occurred.
The Southwest Wisconsin Technical College District Board has an established procedure for resolving complaints relating to discrimination. Alleged acts of discrimination shall be filed directly with the District Affirmative Action Officer. Complaints must be filed within three hundred (300) calendar days from the date of the action causing the complaint. Reports of alleged acts of discrimination or inquiries concerning the equal opportunity policies of the District should be addressed to:
Human Resources, equal opportunity officer
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
1800 Bronson Boulevard
Fennimore, WI 53809
Dr. Duane M. Ford
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College Policy on Non-Discrimination
It is the Southwest Wisconsin Technical College District policy to maintain fair and impartial relations with employees and applicants for employment, and students and student applicants in any service, program, activity, course, or use of facilities on the basis of sex, age, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, political affiliation, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, parental status, arrest record, conviction record, genetic testing, and the use and non-use of lawful products off the premises during nonworking hours, and membership in National Guard, State Defense Force, or other military forces of the United States. Lack of English reading/speaking skills, will not be a barrier to admission and participation in district programs.
See our Equal Opportunity Statement for more details.
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. The College is bound by, and supports, all applicable laws. The Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1972 ensures the College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SAVE) of 2013 and Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) ensures that colleges and universities implement policies and programs to prevent sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
Confidential contacts at Southwest Tech include our Student Services Advisors and Counselors. There are many other local resources available.
How Do I File A Complaint?
The Southwest Wisconsin Technical College District Board has an established procedure for resolving complaints relating to all types of discrimination and sexual misconduct. Student and employee complaints can be filed directly with the District Affirmative Action Officer and/or Title IX Coordinators. These are non-confidential reporters but privacy will be maintained and information shared on a "need to know" basis.
Title IX Coordinators
Required Title IX Reporting
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