COMPLAINTS OR GRIEVANCES REGARDING DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS and DISCRIMINATION on the BASIS OF DISABILITY

Students with disabilities who request or use accommodations, modifications, and/or adjustments or who believe that they have been discriminated against on the basis of their disability, may bring these issues to the attention of the Disability Services Center (DSC), telephone 949-824-7494. Students who have such concerns are strongly encouraged to immediately contact DSC and not wait, for example, until late in the quarter, the end of the quarter or after the quarter. It is our experience that nearly all concerns or issues are quickly or satisfactorily resolved after the student discusses the matter with Disability Services Center. DSC will work with University personnel and the student to resolve disagreements or concerns regarding accommodations or particular campus policies/procedures. Students may contact DSC for resolution if the concern or complaint is about DSC services or accommodations, or if the concern or complaint involves a different campus department or office. Alternatively, if the concern or complaint involves DSC services or accommodations, the student may contact the Ombudsman Office or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity to informally resolve the matter or file a formal complaint.

 Students may request and receive any DSC policies or procedures that concern disability accommodations. There are a large number of written procedures and guidelines from DSC. It is the student's responsibility to request and review any of the pertinent written policies or procedures.

Students may also contact the Ombudsman Office (205 Multipurpose Science & Technology Building, telephone 949-824-7256) to request informal resolution of disability-related concerns.

The UCI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEOD) is responsible for campus compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students with disabilities may file formal complaints with OEOD. Complaints or inquiries regarding grievance procedures should be addressed to: University of California, Irvine, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 103 Multipurpose Science and Technology Building, Irvine, CA 92697; telephone 949-824-5594.

Under requirements of the ADA, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individuals with disabilities also have a right to file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education, or pursue legal action through the federal court system.