Student Civil Rights Grievance Procedures

Title VI - Civil Rights-Grievance Procedures

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GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES
FOR
TITLE VI OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964
TITLE IX OF THE EDUCATION AMENDMENT ACT OF 1972
SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973
AGE DISCRIMINATION ACT OF 1975
TITLE II OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT OF 1990

Section 1
 
Any person believing that Alpena Community College or any part of the school organization had inadequately applied the principles and/or regulation of (1) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (2) Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, (3) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, (4) the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and (5) Title II of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 may bring forward a complaint, which shall be referred to as a grievance to:

Civil Rights Coordinator
Alpena Community College
665 Johnson Street
Alpena, MI 49707

Section II
 
The person who believes a valid basis for grievance exists shall discuss the grievance informally and on a verbal basis with the Civil Rights Coordinator, who shall in turn investigate the complaint and reply with an answer within five (5) business days.
 
If the complainant feels the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved, they may initiate formal procedures according to the following steps.
 
Step 1
 
A written statement of the grievance signed by the complainant shall be submitted to the local Civil Rights Coordinator within five (5) business days of receipt of answers to the informal complaint.  The coordinator shall further investigate the matters of grievance and reply in writing to the complainant within five (5) business days.
 
Step 2
 
A complainant wishing to appeal the decision of the local Civil Rights Coordinator may submit a signed statement of appeal to the President of Alpena Community College within five (5) business days after receipt of the Coordinator’s response.  The President shall meet with all parties involved, formulate a conclusion, and respond in writing to the complainant within ten (10) business days.
 
Step 3
 
If unsatisfied, the complainant may appeal through a signed, written statement to the Board of Trustees within five (5) business days of receiving the President’s response in Step 2.  In an attempt to resolve the grievance, the Board of Trustees shall meet with the concerned parties and their representative within forty (40) days of the receipt of such an appeal.  A copy of the board’s disposition of the appeal shall be sent to each concerned party within ten (10) days of this meeting.
 
Anyone at anytime may contact the U.S. Department of Education/Office for Civil Rights for information and/or assistance at (216)522-4970.  If the grievance has not been satisfactorily settled, further appeal may be made to the Regional U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 600 Superior Avenue East, Bank One Center, Suite 750, Cleveland, OH  44114-2611
 
Inquiries concerning the nondiscriminatory policy may be directed to Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC  20202.
 
The local Coordinator, on request, will provide the complainant with a copy of the district’s grievance procedure and investigate all complaints in accordance with this procedure.

A copy of each of the Acts and the regulations on which this notice is based may be found in the Civil Rights Coordinator’s office.