Bucknell University has adopted this grievance procedure to provide prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and its amendment (ADAAA, 2008). Section 504 and the ADA prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. These laws and regulations may be examined in the Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR). The OAR Director, Heather Fowler, 570.577.1188, coordinates Bucknell's efforts to comply with Section 504 and the ADA.
Students may initiate the grievance procedure to address issues such as a denial of a requested accommodation, the inadequacy of an accommodation, the inaccessibility of a program or activity, or discrimination based on a disability. All members of the University community are expected to cooperate fully in an investigation of alleged disability discrimination.
A grievance must be filed within 180 days of the alleged allegation.
Please refer to the Bias Policy if you feel that you've been targeted, or threatened on the basis of disability status.
A Preliminary Grievance is suggested as the first step when a student files a complaint. The Preliminary Grievance should be submitted in writing to the Director of the OAR as soon as the alleged discriminatory action occurs (if possible).
The Formal Grievance Policy presented below should be followed if:
To initiate a formal grievance, the complainant must
For complaints related to Academic Accommodations:
For Arts & Science students:
Dean, College of Arts & Science (or Designee):
121 Marts Hall
For Engineering students:
Dean, College of Engineering (or Designee):
235A Dana Engineering
For complaints related to Facilities, access, and all others:
Vice President for Finance & Administration:
217C Marts Hall
The resolution officer or designee will
NOTE: Following these grievance procedures is not a substitute for and does not negate the complainant's right to file an ADA complaint with the appropriate agency or department of the federal government of the United States. However, if the complainant does file a complaint with the federal government before this grievance procedure is completed, the grievance procedures will be terminated.
The complainant can request a reconsideration of the decision if the complainant is dissatisfied with the resolution issued by the resolution officer. The request for reconsideration must be made in writing to the Provost within five (5) business days of the issuance of the resolution officer’s (or designee’s) decision. The Provost does not conduct a new investigation, but may meet with any individuals the Provost deems necessary. The Provost will respond in writing within five (5) business days after receipt of the request for reconsideration. The decision of the Provost is final.
Bucknell University strictly prohibits retaliation against any individual who files or otherwise participates in the investigation of a disability-related grievance. Anyone who believes that they have been retaliated against for filing or otherwise participating in the investigation of a grievance should report the matter, in writing, to the appropriate resolution officer. The report of retaliation will be investigated by the resolution officer or designee and appropriate action will be taken. Students found to have engaged in retaliation will be considered by the Hearing Board for sanctions (please reference section VII. Codes of Conduct and Conduct System in the Student Handbook).
Faculty and staff found to have engaged in retaliation will be handled consistent with the applicable faculty or staff handbook and policies.
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