ADA/504 Grievance Procedures
Ohio University Policy 03.003 Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance includes a grievance procedure for reviewing decisions where a reasonable accommodation has been denied or where there is alleged discrimination or harassment based on disability.
Review of Decisions to Deny Requested Accommodation
In the event that a reasonable accommodation cannot be agreed upon, individuals may seek review of a unit's decision to deny implementation of a requested accommodation.
- In regards to education: review of decisions to deny requests for accommodation in an educational program or activity may be made to the University ADA/504 Coordinator, who will review and attempt to resolve the dispute informally and in consideration of the situation in its entirety. If an informal resolution is not possible, the ADA/504 Coordinator shall render a final written decision in regards to the reasonableness of the accommodation under the circumstances.
- In regards to employment: review of decisions to deny requests for accommodation in the application process or workplace may be made to the University ADA/504 Coordinator, who will attempt to resolve the dispute informally. In the event that an informal resolution is not possible, the ADA/504 Coordinator shall render a final written decision in regards to the reasonableness of the accommodation under the circumstances.
- Final Review: Students, Employees, and Planning Units may seek review of a final determination of reasonable accommodation by the ADA/504 Coordinator to the Executive Vice President and Provost within five business days of the decision.
Although the preferred accommodation will be provided where reasonable, planning units may provide reasonable alternative accommodation where appropriate. Federal disability law requires that any accommodation be evaluated in light of the total resources and function of the University and not simply from a given department's resources or function.
Process to File Discrimination/Harassment Complaint
Individuals who believe that they have been discriminated against in any educational program or activity or employment situation at Ohio University on the basis of having a disability, a record of disability, being regarded as disabled, or having association or affiliation with a person who has a disability, may file a complaint with the Office for Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (DOC) pursuant Policy 40.001 Equal Employment and Educational Opportunity.