Student Resources

As a UW Colleges Online student, you have a wide range of services and resources available to you. Take a look at the information below, and if you need additional help, contact the Student Affairs team. 

Counseling Services

UW Colleges Online provides counseling services and resources for students enrolled in UW Colleges Online courses through our partner Compass Behavioral Health Clinic. Counselors are available to talk with you in their Janesville clinics or over the phone about school, family, personal or work related issues - including anxiety or stress, family concerns, grief and loss, alcohol or substance abuse, relationship concerns, and any other personal matters. These services are provided by licensed professionals and are confidential. As a UW Colleges Online student, you can receive six free sessions and appointments.

Visit the Counseling Services page for more information

Accessibility Services

Accessibility services are provided for students with a documented physical or mental impairment that impacts their ability to be successful in an academic environment. Students must apply for and be approved for accessibility services before any accommodations can be made.

UW Colleges Online degree-seeking students

If you would like to request accessibility services, please complete the Student Accessibility Services Request Form and provide supporting documentation to Kristin Hoffmann, Director of Student Accessibility Services by email, or 608-265-6784 (fax). If you have questions about applying for services or what type of documentation is required, please email UW Colleges Online Support or call 877-449-1877.

UW Colleges campus-based students

If you already have an accommodation plan through your UW Colleges home campus, you do not need a new plan when taking online courses. You will need to electronically send a copy of your approved Individualized Accommodation Plan (IAP) to each of your online instructors. You may also contact Kristin Hoffmann to request adjustments to your plan should the online environment present new challenges or require additional accommodations or services. If you have questions about accessibility services and online courses, please email UW Colleges Online Support or call 877-449-1877.

Students attending another college or university (special/non-degree students)

If you currently have an approved accommodation plan at your home college or university, you still need to apply for accessibility services with UW Colleges in order to receive accommodations in your online courses. Please complete the Student Accessibility Services Request Form and provide supporting documentation (which can include your current accommodation plan) to Kristin Hoffmann, Director of Student Accessibility Services, or 608-265-6784 (fax). If you have questions about applying for services or what type of documentation is required, please email UW Colleges Online Support or call 877-449-1877.

Student Health & Safety

Smart and Healthy

Smart and Healthy offers quality resources covering all aspects of wellness, including health screenings, alcohol and drug use, and violence.

Visit the Smart and Healthy website

Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE)

The UW Colleges is committed to reducing sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and harassment. Acts of this nature will not be tolerated and will be addressed swiftly. If you ever feel harassed or threatened by the comments or actions of others in your online course, please email UW Colleges Online Support or call 877-449-1877 immediately. We want to help you and ensure that your needs are met. For more information about SAVE, visit the website.


The goal of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is to discuss and intervene (where appropriate) to reports of individuals who may be exhibiting warning signs of troubled or disruptive behavior. If you believe someone in your course is demonstrating inappropriate or questionable behavior, please contact your instructor or a member of the BIT.

UW Colleges Online is concerned with the safety of our online community. Various federal and state laws require that certain information be provided to students to promote a safer environment. Please review this information through the UW Colleges Safety Information site.

Student Handbook and Policies

As a student at the UW Colleges, you have certain rights and responsibilities regarding your relationship with your fellow students and the college. The rules, regulations and policies you will find in this booklet are intended to foster an environment of mutual respect for you and your fellow students and to enhance the educational environment of your campus. You will also find information about federal and state laws, UW System and UW Colleges regulations, policies and procedures that pertain to you and your life on campus.

Please see the Policies section in the UW Colleges Catalog for information about academic policies.

In addition, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. Learn more here.

Emergency Grants

The UW Colleges Emergency Grant is available to students with an unexpected financial crisis that would cause a student to not complete the term. Expenses such as unexpected medical expenses, car repair, travel expenses for a family emergency and replacement of items due to theft/fire damage. Funds cannot be used for tuition, textbooks, student fees, alcohol or tobacco, groceries, entertainment, legal services,  fines or forfeitures resulting from legal violations or on-going monthly expenses such as; rent, credit card bills, or utilities. No more than two grants per academic year per student, not to exceed $500 total is available. Please contact the Solution Center at 877-449-1877 (Toll-Free) or email us for more information.