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Information on ADA/Section 504

General information for MSU community members with disabilities

MSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in its programs, services and activities. Part of the prohibition on discrimination includes the affirmative obligation to accommodate individuals with disabilities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) require MSU to appoint an individual responsible for the campus coordination of the administrative requirements of ADA compliance and to respond to complaints filed by the public.

ADA/Section 504 Grievance Policy

University policy prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities with respect to the benefits of and access to programs, services, and activities. Any person who believes he or she has been improperly denied the benefit of, or access to a program, service, or activity may submit a grievance. Complaint forms are available from the University's Deputy ADA Coordinator for Grievances.  Please note that a decision by the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities may be appealed to the Deputy ADA Coordinator for Grievances.

Employee and student grievances shall be addressed per the OIE Complaint Procedures, or applicable collective bargaining procedures, as appropriate.

Members of the public are governed by the following procedure:

  • A grievance must be submitted within 30 days after the grievant becomes aware of the matter giving rise to the alleged violation. The University's Deputy ADA Coordinator for Grievances shall review the grievance and gather pertinent information. All interested persons will be afforded an opportunity to submit relevant information.
  • The Deputy ADA Coordinator for Grievances shall confer with legal counsel, and with the management employee who is directly responsible for the service, program, or activity that is at issue. The management employee shall be deemed the University's "designated decision maker." The designated decision maker shall review the matter and shall state, in writing, whether the grievance is valid, the reason(s) for the decision, and any remedial steps to be taken.
  • The Deputy ADA Coordinator for Grievances shall promptly send the grievant a copy of the statement. Within 21 days after the designated decision maker's statement is sent to the grievant, the grievant may request of the Deputy ADA Coordinator for Grievances, in writing, that the matter be reviewed further. The Deputy ADA Coordinator for Grievances shall direct a timely request for further review to the administrator who has supervisory authority over the designated decision maker. The supervisory administrator shall determine whether further information is needed, review the matter, and issue a final written statement.
  • The Deputy ADA Coordinator for Grievances shall promptly send the grievant a copy of the final written statement.
  • The Deputy ADA Coordinator for Grievances shall maintain the files and records relating to grievances for a period of three years.
  • A grievant's right to a prompt, fair consideration of his or her grievance will not be affected by the person's pursuit of other remedies such as the filing of an ADA or Section 504 grievance with the responsible federal department or agency, or the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Use of the University's internal procedure is not necessary in order to pursue other remedies. This procedure is intended to protect the rights of interested persons, and to assure compliance with the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

To file an ADA or Section 504 grievance, please contact:

Tracy Leahy
Deputy ADA Coordinator for Grievances
Office of Institutional Equity
4 Olds Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 353-3922
Email: tleahy@msu.edu 

Contact OIE

4 Olds Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 353-3922
Fax: (517) 884-8513
Email: oie@msu.edu 

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Public Incident Reporting Form
Note: this report goes directly to OIE and the MSU Police.