It is the policy of Kalamazoo Valley Community College not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, height, weight, or marital status in its programs, services, employment or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Executive Vice President for Instructional and Student Support Services, 6767 West O Avenue, P.O. Box 4070, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49003 – 4070; (269) 488-4434.
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES FOR
TITLE VI OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964
TITLE IX OF THE EDUCATION AMENDMENT ACT OF 1972
SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973
TITLE II OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT OF 1990
Any person believing that Kalamazoo Valley Community College or any part of the school organization has inadequately applied the principles and/or regulation of (1) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (2) Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, (3) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,and (4) Title II of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 may bring forward a complaint, which shall be referred to as a grievance to:
Civil Rights Coordinator
Executive Vice President for Instructional and Student Support Services
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
6767 West O Avenue, P.O. Box 4070
Kalamazoo, MI 49003-4070
The person who believes a valid basis for grievance exists shall discuss the grievance informally and on a verbal basis with the Civil Rights Coordinator, who shall in turn investigate the complaint and reply with an answer within five (5) business days.
If the complainant feels the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved, they may initiate formal procedures according to the following steps.
A written statement of the grievance signed by the complainant shall be submitted to the Civil Rights Coordinator within five (5) business days of receipt of answers to the informal complaint. The coordinator shall further investigate the matters of grievance and reply in writing to the complainant within five (5) business days.
A complainant wishing to appeal the decision of the local Civil Rights Coordinator may submit a signed statement of appeal to the President of Kalamazoo Valley Community College within five (5) business days after receipt of the Coordinator’s response. The President shall meet with all parties involved, formulate a conclusion, and respond in writing to the complainant within ten (10) business days.
If still unsatisfied, the complainant may appeal through a signed, written statement to the Board of Trustees within five (5) business days of receiving the President’s response in Step 2. In an attempt to resolve the grievance, the Board of Trustees shall meet with the concerned parties and their representative within forty (40) days of the receipt of such an appeal. A copy of the board’s disposition of the appeal shall be sent to each concerned party within ten (10) days of this meeting. The decision of the Board of Trustees shall be final
The local Coordinator, on request, will provide the complainant with a copy of the College’s grievance procedure in accordance with this procedure. A copy of the Acts and regulations on which this notice is based may be found in the Civil Rights Coordinator’s office.