Notification of Equal Rights/Equal Access Grievance Procedure
Civil Rights Compliance. Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents of secondary school students, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the College are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap in admission/access to or treatment/employment in its programs and activities.
Report all Equal Rights Questions to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. It is the policy of the College not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or handicap in its educational programs, activities, or employment as required by Title IX and Section 504 and other applicable legislation. As a student of the College, you are protected from discrimination in the following areas.
Discrimination If a student believes they have been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or handicap conditions, they may make a claim that their rights have been denied. This claim or grievance may be discussed with one of the Counseling Services staff. If it is still felt that there is a civil rights discrimination grievance, see the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at once. The student will be asked to write down the actions, policies, or practices which are believed to be discriminatory. Forms are available from the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, as well as assistance in completing them. Assistance is also available from other staff in that area. Once the grievance is filed, the complainant will be asked to meet with those persons who would be involved in correcting the policies, practices, or programs that are believed to discriminate. If there is agreement that the student has been discriminated against, corrective action will be taken to restore his/her rights. If there is no agreement, the student may appeal the grievance to a person. See Article Dispute Resolution Process.
A student may also file a complaint of illegal discrimination with the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC, or the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, at the same time the College grievance process is filed, or without using the College grievance process.
If a student files a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, the student must file it, in writing, no later than 180 days after the occurrence of the possible discrimination. For assistance, see the Clinical Counselor/VRE, the College Counselor, or Associate Dean of Student Affairs. That Counselor or Dean will supply the current Office of Civil Rights address. If a complaint is filed with the College, the student will have a year to file the paperwork.
In preparing a discrimination grievance, detail the following:
- The exact nature of the grievance, how the student believes the student may have been discriminated against, and any persons believed to be responsible
- The date(s), time(s), and place(s) of the grievance
- The names of witnesses or people who have knowledge about the grievance
- Any available written documentation or evidence that is relevant to the grievance
- The actions that could be taken to correct the grievance
Any person having inquiries concerning the College compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX or Section 504 is directed to contact the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, the College, One Technology Drive, Linn, MO 65051, (573) 897-5193. The Dean has been assigned to coordinate the institution's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504.