Chapter Six: Statutory Compliance
 
Procedure Title: Americans with Disabilities Act
Based On: Board Policies 1, 3, and 29
Procedure Number: 6.02
Date Adopted/Revised: June 25, 2001; November 21, 2006; May 15, 2007
 
Whereas, the Congress has enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act, and whereas, providing access to persons with disabilities is a part of the mission of this institution, South Arkansas Community College resolves that compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act is a priority of the College.
  1. Administrative Responsibility

    The Administration is responsible for preparing and publicizing policy statements and procedures to comply with the letter and the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act and to take action to implement the requirements of the act. Specifically, the Administration will:

    1. Appoint an individual to serve as the ADA Coordinator;

    2. Provide for continuous self-evaluation of the institution’s programs and activities;

    3. Recommend priorities for institutional compliance; and

    4. Prepare cost estimates for institutional compliance and for the provision of reasonable accommodations and services for persons with disabilities.

  2. Dissemination of Information

    In order to assure broad dissemination of information regarding the College’s commitment to the ADA, the following statement will be included in the College Catalog and Student Handbook, and may be disseminated in other ways: South Arkansas Community College does not discriminate on the basis of a person’s disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.

  3. Grievance Procedure

    The following Grievance Procedure is provided to facilitate the prompt and equitable resolution of any complaint alleging a violation of the ADA.

    1. It is the intent of South Arkansas Community College that “No otherwise qualified disabled individual shall, solely by reason of such disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination” in programs or activities sponsored by the College.

    2. This procedure may be followed by any student, employee, visitor, or other member of the public for whom the College’s general Grievance Policy does not apply or appropriately meet the need.

    3. Complaints should be filed with the Vice President for Finance and Administration (the designated ADA Coordinator) at South Arkansas Community College, P.O. Box 7010, El Dorado, AR 71731-7010; according to the following guidelines:

      1. The complaint will be filed in writing or verbally, and will include the name, address, and telephone number of the plaintiff as well as a brief description of the alleged violation of regulations.

      2. The complaint should be filed within 15 days of the time when the plaintiff becomes aware of the alleged violation.

      3. Upon receiving the complaint, the ADA Coordinator will be responsible for thoroughly investigating the allegation; and affording all interested/involved persons and their representatives, if any, the opportunity to submit evidence relevant to the complaint.

      4. Upon completion of the investigation, the ADA Coordinator will submit a written report to document the validity of the complaint, and to recommend a proposal for resolution of the situation. This document will be forwarded to the plaintiff no later than 21 days after the complaint is filed, with a copy to the President.

      5. The ADA Coordinator will maintain files and records of all complaints, related documentation, and resolutions reached regarding ADA issues.

      6. The plaintiff may request a reconsideration of the case if he or she is not satisfied with the resolution. Requests for reconsideration must be made to the President within 30 days of receipt of the written report.

      7. A plaintiff’s right to prompt and equitable resolution of a complaint filed according to this procedure will not limit his/her ability to pursue other remedies such as the filing of an ADA complaint with the responsible federal department or agency. Pursuit of remedy via this procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies.

    4. This procedure is to be implemented to protect the rights of interested persons, to meet appropriate due process standards, and to assure that South Arkansas Community College fully complies with the ADA.