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Discrimination Grievance Procedures

Union College has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging discrimination. The bases for such complaints is outlined in Federal anti-discrimination statutes, State and Local laws under discrimination and the College anti-discrimination policy upon the exhaustion of internal appeals (as applicable) available to the complainant. Complaints alleging discrimination must be addressed to the §504 Coordinator, also known as the Chief Diversity Officer. 

A complaint must be submitted in writing, contain the name and address of the complainant, and a description of the allegations of discrimination. The complaint must set forth specific facts in support of the allegations and any appeal decision.
A complaint must be filed within fifteen (15) days of the later of the two following dates: (a) date of the alleged discrimination; or (b) the date of the rendition of any decision of an internal appeal. An investigation, as may be appropriate, shall be conducted by the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer following receipt of a discrimination complaint. This procedure affords the complainant and the person(s) against whom the allegation(s) of discrimination have been made, and their respective representatives, if any, an opportunity to submit information and documentation regarding the complaint allegations. The investigation will be completed with written results of the investigation issued and a copy forwarded to the complainant within forty-five (45) workdays of the receipt of the complaint. 

Although Union College will make a good faith effort to comply with these timelines, circumstances (such as school breaks), may justify an extension of time. Retaliation against any person who files a complaint of alleged discrimination, participates in an investigation, or opposes a discriminatory employment or education practice or policy is prohibited under Union College policy and prohibited by state and federal law. 

Claims of harassment will be resolved through the Harassment Policy or conduct procedures outlined in the Union College Student Handbook.