Wisconsin Statutes Employment, Compensation and Mining (Ch. 101 to 109) § 106.56. Postsecondary education: prohibition against discrimination on basis of physical condition or developmental disability

(1) Subject to sub. (3), no school, university or other institution offering courses or programs in postsecondary education or vocational training which is supported wholly or in part by public funds may refuse to admit any person to any school, institution, course or program or any curricular or extracurricular activity, or may otherwise discriminate against any person, solely on the basis of physical condition or developmental disability as defined in s. 51.01(5) .

(2) If admission to any such school, university, institution, program or course requires that a prospective enrollee take a standardized aptitude examination and the prospective enrollee is unable to take such an examination under standard conditions because of physical condition or developmental disability as defined in s. 51.01(5) , the school, university or institution shall make a good-faith effort to modify the examination conditions in a manner which will permit the prospective enrollee to demonstrate aptitude.  The failure of any school, university or institution to make such a good-faith effort is discrimination within the meaning of this section.

(3) The prohibition against discrimination under sub. (1) does not apply to:

(a) Courses, programs or activities involving the handling or operation of hazardous substances, machines or appliances if there is no feasible way in which the physical safety of the disabled student or of other persons can be adequately protected;  or

(b) The admission of a person who does not meet the minimum physical standards which are reasonably necessary for a particular course, program or activity.  The school, university or other institution has the burden of proving that such minimum physical standards are reasonably necessary.

(4)(a) The department shall receive and investigate complaints charging discrimination or discriminatory practices in particular cases, and publicize its findings with respect thereto.  The department has all powers provided under s. 111.39 with respect to the disposition of such complaints.  The findings and orders of examiners may be reviewed as provided under s. 106.52(4)(b) .

(b) Findings and orders of the commission under this section are subject to review under ch. 227.  Upon such review, the department of justice shall represent the commission.


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