Rehabilitation Act/Americans with Disabilities Act
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with a disability(s) in programs or activities receiving federal assistance. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires all public places to provide access to people with disabilities and prohibits discrimination in employment and public accommodations.
An excellent resource, "Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities," is available from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, (1-877-433-7827) or (1-800-872-5327) and online at http://www.ed.gov/ocr.
Discrimination Complaint Procedure
It is the policy of Montgomery College not to discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, marital status, sexual orientation religious belief, national origin, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a disabled veteran of the Vietnam Era in its employment, admissions, and student-related policies, procedures, and educational programs, including vocational education programs.
Any student or employee may file a discrimination complaint with the director of equity and diversity when he or she believes a discriminatory violation has occurred. A formal discrimination complaint must be in writing and include all pertinent information concerning the individual's complaint. All complaints will be subject to a comprehensive investigation. A discrimination complaint must be filed within 180 calendar days to be in compliance with federal regulation and College policy. If the discriminatory behavior is or has been continuous, the complainant should consult the director of equity and diversity immediately.
Students and employees are encouraged to attempt informal resolution of any problem within the unit where the problem occurs. Confidential inquiries may be made to the director of equity and diversity in an effort to resolve complaints informally.
Upon receipt of a discrimination complaint, the director of equity and diversity will meet with the concerned individual(s) as soon as practicable in an attempt to resolve the complaint.
More detailed information concerning the complaint procedures is available in the offices of the Dean of Student Development on all three campuses and the Office of Equity and Diversity at 900 Hungerford Drive in Rockville.
The complete text of the Board of Trustees - Montgomery College, Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy - Section 31006 is located at: Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy, http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/verified/pnp/31006.doc