Section 504 Grievance Procedures

It is the policy of Hesston College not to discriminate on the basis of disability. Hesston College has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations implementing the Act. Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Any person who believes she or he has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability may file a grievance under this procedure. It is against the law for Hesston College to retaliate against anyone who files a grievance or cooperates in the investigation of a grievance.

Procedure:

  • Grievances which are related to academics must be submitted to the vice president of Academics within two weeks of the date the person filing the grievance becomes aware of the alleged discriminatory action. Grievances which are not academic in nature must be submitted to the vice president of Student Development within two weeks of the date the person filing the grievance becomes aware of the alleged discriminatory action.
  • A complaint must be in writing, containing the name and contact information of the person filing it. The complaint must state the problem or action alleged to be discriminatory and the remedy or relief sought.
  • The respective vice president (or her/his designee) shall conduct an investigation of the complaint. This investigation may be informal, but it must be thorough, affording all interested persons an opportunity to submit evidence relevant to the complaint. The Section 504 Coordinator will maintain the files and records of Hesston College relating to such grievances.
  • The respective vice president will issue a written decision on the grievance no later than 30 days after its filing.
  • The person filing the grievance may appeal the decision by writing to the college president within 15 days of receiving the previous decision. The college president shall issue a written decision in response to the appeal no later than 30 days after its filing.
  • The availability and use of this grievance procedure does not prevent a person from filing a complaint of discrimination on the basis of disability with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights.

Hesston College will make appropriate arrangements to ensure that persons with disabilities are provided other accommodations, if needed, to participate in this grievance process. Such arrangements may include, but are not limited to, providing interpreters for the deaf, providing audio versions of material for the blind, or assuring a barrier-free location for the proceedings. The Section 504 coordinator will be responsible for such arrangements. At Hesston College the Section 504 coordinator is the ACCESS Lab coordinator.

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