Disability Policy Grievance Procedure

In the event an individual wishes to grieve any determination under the Disability Policy (for example, whether an individual has a disability, whether documentation provided is adequate, or when a requested accommodation is denied), the individual should first attempt to resolve their concerns informally. If any informal resolution fails or is impracticable, the individual may file a grievance. The Director of DSS is the individual by whom all student grievances will be reviewed. The AVP of EEO is the individual by whom all employee (including both faculty and staff) grievances will be reviewed.

To initiate a grievance, the individual must submit a written notice of the grievance within thirty (30) days of the determination being challenged, unless an extension for good cause is granted by the grievance decision-maker. The notice must include the name and email address of the individual bringing the grievance; the basis for the grievance, including a full description of the surrounding circumstances; the remedy or relief sought; and any supporting information. Upon receipt of the notice, the materials will be promptly reviewed, and any necessary and appropriate investigation undertaken. A written determination will be provided, typically within thirty (30) days. This decision is final. If the individual identified by this policy as the grievance decision-maker made the underlying decision being challenged, or at other times in the discretion of the university, a designee may be assigned to review and make a final determination about the grievance.

This Grievance Procedure is not intended to supersede the university’s Equal Opportunity, Nondiscrimination, Anti-Harassment and Non-Retaliation Policy, which the university may, in its discretion, use to address grievances brought hereunder. Retaliation against an individual who files a grievance in good faith, or who cooperates in the investigation or other resolution of a grievance, is strictly prohibited.