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Section 504 Grievance Policy & Procedures

The following internal grievance procedures have been adopted for students and employees of Limestone College who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Complaints of discrimination, including disability harassment carried out by employees, other students, or third parties may be filed under this policy. In this policy, such a complaint shall be referred to as a “grievance”, the person who has the grievance the “grievant”, and the person or entity against whom the grievance is made the “respondent”.  The individual has the right to raise a complaint and to have that complaint considered with courtesy and objectivity, in a timely fashion, without fear of prejudicial treatment, harassment, or retaliation.  Limestone College will take steps to prevent recurrence of any harassment and to correct discriminatory effects on the grievant and others. Retaliation against individuals filing a grievance or participating in the grievance process is prohibited.

A grievance must be set forth in writing, be signed by the grievant, and be filed with the 504 Grievance Administrator, Andrea Allison, Limestone College, 1115 College Drive, Gaffney, SC, 29340, telephone/fax number (864) 488-4394, aallison[at]limestone[dot]edu. If the 504 Grievance Administrator is involved in the complaint, the grievance should be filed with the ADA Coordinator, Wayde Dawson, Limestone College, 1115 College Drive, Gaffney, SC, 29340, telephone number (864) 488-4522, ldawson[at]limestone[dot]edu. A grievance must contain the name, address, and contact information of the grievant, how the grievant believes he or she was discriminated against, and the identity of the person or entity the grievant believes engaged in the discriminatory action. The grievance must be filed within 30 days of the date of the alleged discrimination. Failure to file a grievance within the required 30-day time period will result in the grievance being dismissed as untimely. Upon receipt of the timely grievance, the 504 Grievance Administrator (or ADA Coordinator, in specific situations) will provide a copy of the grievance to the respondent and inform the respondent that they may file a written response to the grievance within ten days of the delivery of the grievance. If the respondent files a written response, a copy of the response shall be provided to the grievant.

At any time during the grievance process, the 504 Grievance Administrator may inquire if the parties wish to participate in an informal resolution of the grievance. If the parties agree, the 504 Grievance Administrator will meet informally with the parties. If an agreement is reached, the agreement shall be written and signed by the grievant and respondent and considered resolved with no further action required.

The 504 Grievance Administrator shall commence an investigation of the grievance within seven business days of the receipt of the grievance. The grievant and the respondent may be interviewed. The grievant and the respondent have the right to provide names and contact information of any witnesses they believe may have information regarding the facts of the grievance and to provide relevant information. During the investigation process, the 504 Grievance Administrator shall review the evidence discovered during the investigation with the goal that the process be adequate, reliable, impartial, and thorough. The investigation should be completed within fifteen days from the commencement of the investigation. If it is necessary that the investigation be extended, the grievant and respondent will be notified that additional time is needed. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the 504 Grievance Administrator shall submit the findings in writing as to whether to uphold the grievance or deny it as being unsupported by the facts of the investigation. The written report will be completed within seven business days of the conclusion of the investigation. The report will be delivered to the Executive Vice President of the College within three business days of its completion.

If the report of the 504 Grievance Administrator finds that disability discrimination and/or harassment occurred, the College will take necessary steps to ensure that the discriminatory effects on the grievant and others are corrected and no further harassment occurs.

If either the grievant or respondent is dissatisfied with the findings of the investigation, they may file a written appeal with the 504 Grievance Administrator within ten days of the date the report.  If the appeal is not filed within the designated time period, no further action shall be taken in regard to the appeal. If a timely appeal is filed, the 504 Grievance Administrator will forward the findings of the investigation to the Executive Vice President of the College who will schedule an appointment within fifteen business days of receipt of the materials to meet with the person filing the appeal. If after meeting with the Executive Vice President the complaint is not resolved, the person filing the complaint may submit a written complaint to the President of the College within seven days. If the President determines that the appeal is not filed in a timely manner, it shall be dismissed without any action taken. Upon receipt of a timely appeal, the President shall review such materials regarding the grievance as the President deems necessary to make an informed decision as to the appeal. Within ten days of receipt of the timely appeal, the President shall issue a written decision regarding the appeal to be sent to the grievant, the respondent, and the 504 Grievance Administrator. The decision of the President shall be considered final and non-appealable.

Limestone College reserves the right to amend, change, or substitute, in whole or part, any of the grievance procedures set forth herein, in the event there are changes in applicable laws or regulations which require changes.

Modified 2/12/18

Federal contacts:

U. S. Department of Education (Office for Civil Rights) - (800) 421-3481

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – (800) 669-4000 voice (800) 669-6820 tty

U. S. Department of Justice – (800) 514-0301

Grievances related to grades/academic integrity are addressed separately in the Gaslight.

Online Grievance Policy Form