Appalachian State University is committed to providing an institutional environment free from discriminiation and harassment to the Appalachian community, including students, faculty, staff and others who participate in University Programs, activities, or conduct business on behalf of the University.
In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.
The Office of Disability Resources (ODR) is responsible for oversight of compliance with Section 504 and the ADA. ODR leads the collaboration of University efforts related to accessibility and assists eligible students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities by determining access needs and coordinating academic adjustments or workplace accommodations. Additionally, ODR has been identified and tasked as the administrative office responsible for reviewing and investigating prohibited conduct matters governed by Policy 110 Discrimination & Harrassment pertaining to disability.
The Office of Disability Resources will conduct a timely and impartial review of concerns to ensure a prompt and equitable resolution. The ADA/504 Coordinator, or designee will confer with relevant campus administrators as needed to resolve concerns.
Options for reporting such concerns are outlined below.
Individuals who encounter a barrier to access (physical, web, programmatic, etc) on the basis of disability at Appalachian State University, may report it to the Office of Disability Resources via the ODR Contact form.
The ADA/504 Coordinator, or designee will review to determine the most appropriate means through which to address the concern and gather additional information as necessary
Upon receipt of a Informal Report or Formal Complaint alleging prohibited conduct per Policy 110, the ADA/504 Coordinator, or designee will assess to determine the most appropriate means through which to address the concern and determine if substantiated, if the Complaint of Prohibited Conduct may constitute a violation of Policy 110 or requirements in accordance with ADA or Section 504.
The ADA/504 Coordinator will work collaboratively with Academic Affairs and Human Resources to review and investigate Prohibited Conduct pertaining to employment-related matters including disparate treatment, failure to hire and discrimination on the basis of disability.