Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
There are many ways in which faculty, staff, and students may pursue resolution of problems involving claims of unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment and sexual harassment.
The Office of Institutional Equity provides pre-grievance, informational, and employment counseling for faculty, staff, or students who believe they have experienced discrimination, discriminatory harassment, false accusation, or retaliation. (Note that if a student is alleged to have engaged in any of the aforementioned actions, the matter may be appropriately referred to the Office of Student Conflict Resolution.) After reviewing the situation, OIE representatives will suggest alternatives for action by explaining applicable internal procedures as well as other options. With the individual's consent, the staff may be able to assist in resolving the problem informally without using the formal grievance process.
Faculty members who believe they have experienced unlawful discrimination or discriminatory harassment by faculty or non-instructional staff members may discuss the matter with OIE staffs from the Office of Institutional Equity. In some cases, they may wish to use the faculty grievance procedure in their unit. Information may be obtained from the Office of Institutional Equity.
Non-instructional staff members may discuss problems with their supervisors, their departmental Human Resources representative, or OIE staffs from the Office of Institutional Equity.
- Every school and college has a special internal grievance procedure for students to use in cases of possible discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment by a faculty or non-instructional staff member. Information about these procedures may be obtained internally from the school or college.
- Students may discuss concerns of discrimination or discriminatory harassment by a faculty or staff member with OIE staffs from the Office of Institutional Equity.
- Students may also consult with the Academic and Staff HR Services Office.
- Students who experience discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment by students may consult with the Office of Student Conflict Resolution.