IV. Appeal of Disability Accommodation and Academic Adjustment Decisions

A. Student Accommodations and Academic Adjustments

Students may appeal determinations concerning requested accommodations and academic adjustments by filing a written complaint with the 504/ADA Coordinator. The 504/ADA Coordinator, or a designee, will mediate to try to resolve the issues between the student and the College to find an acceptable accommodation. If a mutually acceptable accommodation cannot be determined, then the 504/ADA Coordinator, or a designee, will investigate the complaint and make a recommendation to the College President, who will make the decision concerning the complaint. If the student believes that a decision to deny the request was based on unlawful discrimination, then the student may exercise any and all rights available under law without fear of retaliation, including filing a complaint with the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”).

B. Applicants for Employment

Applicants for employment may appeal determinations concerning requested accommodations by filing a written complaint with the 504/ADA Coordinator. The 504/ADA Coordinator, or a designee, will mediate to try to resolve the issues between the applicant and the College or unit to find a reasonable accommodation. If a mutually acceptable accommodation cannot be determined, then the 504/ADA Coordinator, or a designee, will investigate the complaint and make a recommendation to the President or, if the applicant is applying to a position at the Central Office, then to the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management. Such President or Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management will make the final determination concerning the complaint. If the applicant requesting the accommodation believes that a decision to deny the request was based on unlawful discrimination, then the applicant may exercise any and all rights available under law without fear of retaliation, including filing a complaint with outside agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the New York State Division of Human Rights (“NYSDHR”) or the New York City Commission on Human Rights (“NYCCHR”).

C. Current Employees

Employees may appeal decisions concerning requested accommodations by filing a written complaint with the 504/ADA Coordinator. The 504/ADA Coordinator, or a designee, will mediate to try to resolve the issues between the employee and College or unit to find an acceptable accommodation. If a mutually acceptable accommodation cannot be determined, then the 504/ADA Coordinator, or a designee, will investigate the complaint and make a recommendation to the President, or if the employee works at the Central Office, then to the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management. Such President or Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management will make the final determination concerning the complaint. If the employee is covered by a collective bargaining agreement, the employee may discuss the matter with a union representative and exercise any rights available under such agreement. If the employee requesting an accommodation believes that a decision to deny the request was based on unlawful discrimination, then the employee may exercise any and all rights available under law without fear of retaliation, including filing a complaint with an outside agency, such as the EEOC, the NYSDHR, or the NYCCHR.

D. Visitors

Visitors who have questions or concerns regarding an accommodation should contact the 504/ADA Coordinator, who will make the final determination concerning the requested accommodation.