Once a formal grievance is submitted, the resolution officer or designee will:
- Undertake an expeditious investigation, which involves arranging meetings with and gathering information from all parties (complainant, OAR, respondent, witnesses, etc.).
- Abide by federal/state laws and University policy when reviewing the complaint.
- Act as an impartial fact-finder in the matter. Interview all parties who may provide witnesses’ names and pertinent information regarding the complaint.
- Interview witnesses as deemed necessary and secure any relevant documentation or other physical information (such as notes, emails, pictures and grades).
- Respect privacy to the extent possible. Complainants must understand that the University cannot guarantee absolute confidentiality because it cannot conduct an effective investigation without revealing certain information to witnesses or respondents.
- Retain the right to inform persons who may have a need-to-know and to utilize information obtained during the investigation for legitimate University purposes.
- Render a written decision to all parties no later than 30 days after the conclusion of the investigation.
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 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 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.