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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability against people in programs or activities receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance. Section 504 states: "No otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities in the United States shall solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a federal civil rights law that extends additional civil rights protection to individuals with disabilities. Together section 504 and the ADA prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability and require covered entities to provide reasonable accommodations to facilitate equal access and opportunity.
A "qualified individual with a disability" as defined by Section 504, is anyone who meets the academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in a post-secondary institution's programs and activities.
Students with disabilities have the right to:
Students with disabilities have the responsibility to:
Hamline University has the right to:
Hamline University has the responsibility to:
All disability-related information including documentation, correspondence, and accommodation records are considered confidential. Access to disability-related information within Hamline is on a need-to-know basis and only for the purpose of assuring appropriate accommodations. DS is prohibited by law from releasing any disability records or identifying information to any outside entity. This includes documentation that the student provides to the Disability Resources office when requesting accommodations. The student may request, in writing, that information be released to specific persons or agencies by signing a "Release of Information" form.
Any student who believes that he or she has been denied appropriate accommodations or discriminated against by Hamline University faculty or staff because of a disability, may pursue either informal or formal channels to address a complaint.
Hamline University strongly encourages students to use the informal complaint resolution process. Students are encouraged to speak directly with the faculty or staff member involved if possible, then direct his or her complaint to the department chair. Also, students may contact Kathy McGillivray, Director of Disability Resources, to discuss a complaint. Pursuing informal channels does not preclude a student from filing a formal complaint or grievance.
Denial of Requested Accommodation
Any student may file a formal grievance by writing a letter to the Director of Disability Resources or the Dean of Students. Any complaint or grievance must be submitted within 60 days of the student's knowledge of the alleged violation. The formal complaint will then be referred to the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students or his/her designee shall conduct a review regarding the matter. The following is customary procedure for the formal grievance process.
Discrimination in other Contexts
It is a violation of Hamline University employment policies and academic rules for any Hamline employee or student to discriminate against any member of the Hamline community with respect to any employment or educational opportunity on the basis of disability. Any student who believes s/he has been discriminated against based on disability should follow the procedures set forth in the Discrimination and Harassment policy. Please click here to view a more detailed description of this policy.
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