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ADA Grievance Procedure

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides that no qualified individual with a disability be denied access to or participation in services, programs, and activities of a public entity. Clayton State University strives to maintain the highest standards of integrity and fairness in its policy and nondiscrimination on the basis of disability. The University has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students, faculty, staff, and applicants who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of disability by Clayton State University may file complaints pursuant to the following procedures.

Contact Person for Complaints: 

  • For Faculty, Staff, Visitors, and Others ADA Complaints Contact:  Clayton State University, ADA Coordinator, Harriet Houston, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow, GA. 30260, (678) 466-5444 
  • For Student ADA Complaints Contact:  Dean of Students, Jeff Jacobs  (678)-466-5444

Procedures for Complaints: A complaint of discrimination on the basis of disability, including complaints about the denial by the University of requested accommodations should be filed in writing with the ADA Coordinator within 30 calendar days of the allegedly discriminatory act. A complaint shall contain the name and address of the person filing it and a brief description of the alleged violation. If the complainant needs an accommodation in order to file the complaint, s/he should inform the ADA Coordinator.

An investigation as may be appropriate shall follow the filing of a complaint. The ADA Coordinator will conduct the investigation. These rules contemplate informal, but thorough, investigations, affording all interested persons an opportunity to submit evidence relevant to the complaint.

A written determination as to the validity of the complaint and a description of the resolution if any, shall be issued by the ADA Coordinator and a copy forwarded to the complainant no later than 30 calendar days after filing.

The ADA Coordinator shall maintain the files and records for Clayton State University relating to the complaints filed.

The complainant may request a reconsideration of the case if s/he is dissatisfied with the resolution. The request for reconsideration should be made within 10 calendar days to the ADA Coordinator.

OTHER REMEDIES: The right of a person to a prompt and equitable resolution of the complaint filed hereunder shall not be impaired by the person's pursuit of other remedies, such as the filing of an ADA Complaint with the responsible Federal department or agency. Use of this grievance procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies.

RULE CONSTRUCTION: These rules shall be constructed so as to protect the substantive rights of interested persons, to meet appropriate due process standards, and to assure that Clayton State University complies with the ADA and the implementing regulations.

OTHER PROCEDURES: The procedures provided herein are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other procedures or remedies available under the law or otherwise.