In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Cabrini College is committed to providing equal educational opportunity and participation for qualified students with disabilities.
In the event that students believe discrimination has occurred on the basis of disability, the College has developed a procedure for addressing grievances.
Students who have concerns about disability discrimination under Section 504 and ADA should take the following steps:
Students have the option of using an informal method of resolving their concerns whenever possible by approaching the person who is the focus of their concern or contacting the coordinator of the Disability Resource Center at 610-902-8572 to discuss the matter and seek resolution. If documentation is not on file, the coordinator may require the student to submit current, relevant documentation of disability.
If students prefer, they may contact the Affirmative Action officer for Cabrini College directly. The Affirmative Action officer is the director of Human Resources at 610-902-8206 in the Mansion. Students contacting the Affirmative Action officer must do so in writing, explaining the nature of the dispute and the actions taken previously, if any, to resolve the issues.
The student will also have the opportunity to present witnesses and other evidence. The Affirmative Action officer may ensure that an adequate, reliable, and impartial investigation of the complaint is conducted and may consult with the parties involved to gather additional information and, when indicated, may convene a meeting of appropriate individuals to seek resolution of the dispute. The student will be informed, in writing, of the outcome of this process.
If the student is not satisfied, he or she may appeal the decision by contacting the Dean for Academic Affairs at 610-902-8302. The appeal must be made in writing within 30 days of the date of the Affirmative Action officer’s response, and include an explanation of the nature of the dispute, the actions previously taken to resolve it, and the response received.
The dean for academic affairs will review relevant information, consult with the appropriate parties when necessary and render a decision on the student’s appeal. The student will be informed, in writing, of the outcome of this complaint.
If the student is not satisfied, he or she may contact the Office of Civil Rights in the Philadelphia area:
All grievances will be processed in a timely manner, with final disposition not to exceed 180 days from the time the complaint was filed in writing with the Affirmative Action officer. Students are encouraged to initiate a grievance within a reasonable time period and preferably in the same semester in which the matter arose.
Cabrini College guarantees the rights of students to initiate good faith disability discrimination grievances. Retaliation, reprisal, or harassment directed against any student because he or she has filed a complaint or participated in a complaint investigation is strictly prohibited.
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