American with Disabilities Act
The University of Louisville is committed to providing equal opportunity for persons with disabilities. This commitment includes complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In addition, all of the University's websites and online courses will comply with the web page design standards established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The University of Louisville strives to maintain a barrier-free, welcoming environment for everybody.
The ADA Coordinator, located in the Affirmative Action Office (502 852-6688), will monitor compliance and advise unit heads in meeting equal opportunity obligations. The Disability Resource Center staff (502 852-6938) will assist the University community by serving as an information resource center and coordinating support services for students with disabilities. No otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in University programs. The President, Board of Trustees, Student Government, Faculty and Staff Senates affirm the University's long standing and continuing commitment to Equal Opportunity for persons with disabilities.
ADA / 504 Grievance Procedures
The University has a continuing responsibility to monitor and address ADA compliance issues. Complaints should follow the procedure as indicated. The following internal grievance procedure provides for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints.
Complaints should be directed to Harvey Johnson, Director, Affirmative Action/Employee Relations, Human Resources, 1980 Arthur Street, (502)852-6688.
1. A complaint should be filed in writing, contain the name and address of the person filing it, and briefly describe the alleged violation. Upon receipt of the written notice of complaint, the Director of Affirmative Action/Employee Relations or his/her designee shall acknowledge receipt within five workdays.
2. A complaint should be filed within 180 days after the complainant becomes aware of the alleged violation.
3. An investigation, as may be appropriate, shall follow a filing of complaint. The Affirmative Action/Employee Relations office shall conduct the investigation. This
internal complaint procedure involves an informal but thorough investigation, affording all interested persons and their representatives, if any, an opportunity to submit evidence relevant to a complaint.
4. A written determination as to the validity of the complaint and a description of the resolution, if any, shall be issued by the AA/ER Office and a copy forwarded to the complainant.
5. The AA/ER Office shall maintain the files and records relating to the complaints filed.
6. The complainant can request a reconsideration of the case in instances where the person is dissatisfied with the resolution. The request for reconsideration should be made within 15 workdays to the AA/ER Office.
7. The right of a person to a prompt and equitable resolution of the complaint filed hereunder shall not be impaired by the person's pursuit of other remedies such as the filing of a discrimination complaint with the responsible federal department or agency. Use of this complaint procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies.
These rules shall be construed to protect the substantive rights of interested persons to meet appropriate due process standards, and to assure that the University complies with the ADA and implementing regulations.