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Any qualified student with a disability who believes his or her rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act have been violated is urged to seek redress as follows:

Report concerns immediately to the Academic Support Center's Educational Counselor, who will respond within three days to the concern. If the Counselor cannot alleviate the problem, the concern will be forwarded to the Director of the Academic Success Center.

If the complainant is dissatisfied with the response received from the Academic Success Center Director, he/she may appeal the matter in writing to the Vice-President of Academic Affairs within five working days of receiving the Director’s response. The Vice-President or Vice -President's designee will review the appeal and render a decision within ten working days from the date the appeal is received. This decision will be sent in writing to the student and will be binding. For more information or updates regarding this policy please refer to the current college catalog.

Disability based discrimination is prohibited by college policy and state and federal law. The United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) OCR enforces two federal laws that prohibit discrimination based on disability. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. The U.S. Department of Education gives grants of financial assistance to schools and colleges and to certain other entities, including vocational rehabilitation programs. The U.S. Department of Education's Section 504 regulation is enforced by OCR and is in the federal code of regulations at 34 CFR 104.

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination based on disability in public entities. OCR is the agency designated by the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce the regulation under Title II with respect to public educational entities and public libraries. The Title II regulation is in the federal code of regulations at 28 CFR 35.

Examples of the types of discrimination prohibited include access to educational programs and facilities, denial of a free appropriate public education for elementary and secondary students, and academic adjustments in higher education. Section 504 and Title II also prohibit employment discrimination; complainants may choose whether to pursue such complaints with OCR or with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Section 504 and Title II both prohibit retaliation for filing an OCR complaint or for advocating for a right protected by the two laws, and harassment of students or others because of a disability.

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Stacy Adkins photo Stacy Adkins
Interim Director, Academic Success Center
Hidden Promise Consortium
103 Clark Hall
304-462-6054
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