Disabilities Appeal Process

Appeals Policy for Students with Disabilities

A student who receives an adverse decision concerning an accommodation request or support service by Disability Services may appeal the decision to the appropriate authority.

Decisions that are able to be appealed include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Refusal to provide, or cancellation of, paid sign language interpreters/captionists, notetakers or tutors.
  • Refusal to grant, or cancellation of, extra time on placement, proficiency, or regular class tests.
  • Refusal to provide, or cancellation of, materials in electronic or other alternate format.
  • Specific accommodations that DS determined were not supported by documentation.

The Executive Director is the final authority in reviewing appeals. In pursuing an appeal, the student must strictly comply with the following procedures and time periods.

 Step 1:

The student appeals the initial decision in question to the Executive Director in writing within 15 working days of the action that prompted the appeal. The director will reconsider the decision and a written statement of the reason for the decision will be given to the student within 5 working days.

 Step 2:

If Step 1 decision is adverse to the student, the student may, within 10 working days from the date of that decision, unless an extension is mutually agreed upon. The student must present to the issue, in writing, evidence in support of the appeal.

 Step 3:

If the Step 2 decision is adverse to the student, the student may, within 10 working days from the date of that decision, appeal to the Executive Director. All documentation must be forwarded and a decision will be made in writing.