The University and The Office of Student Life Disability Services (SLDS) support you in your right to file a grievance when you believe you have been denied equal access in the form of appropriate accommodations, modifications, auxiliary aids or effective communication or suffered discriminatory harassment as described in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 or the Ohio Administrative Code 4112-5-09: Discrimination against persons with disabilities in institutions of higher education.
The general grievance procedures, which apply to all students, are available to students with disabilities. The grievance procedures listed below are additional procedures that apply to students with disabilities who feel their rights have been violated under 504 and ADA.
Resolving Conflicts with the University, Faculty or Staff, University Department, Program, Organization, including Disability Services
- Students are encouraged to discuss their concerns with their SLDS Access Specialist as their first step.
- If either the student or the Access Specialist thinks that a satisfactory resolution to their conflict is still not reached, the student may consult with the SLDS Director or designee.
- If a satisfactory resolution is still not reached, the student may notify the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) (OIE notification form). OIE staff will evaluate the complaint and determine an appropriate resolution.
- If the complaint is not resolved at the university level, the student may choose to file a complaint with the Federal Office for Civil Rights, The Ohio Civil Rights Commission or Disability Rights Ohio (formerly the Ohio Legal Rights Service). These entities will take complaints and will investigate when appropriate.
Resolving Alleged Discrimination by Another Student
In situations where students allege discrimination by another student, students have the option of filing formal charges under the Code of Student Conduct. Contact the Office of Student Conduct for further information.
Student Life Disability Services
098 Baker Hall
113 W. 12th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210-1297
ADA Coordinator's Office
Younkin Success Center, Room 260
1640 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
550 Lincoln Tower
1800 Cannon Dr.
Federal Office for Civil Rights
Ohio Civil Rights Commission
Disability Rights Ohio