Student Rights

ADA Notice to the Public

It is the policy of Gateway Community College (“College”) to comply with the provisions of Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C.A. Section 12101, et seq. ("ADA"). The ADA prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of their disability. The ADA provides, in part, that "no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity."

Under the ADA, the College may not refuse to allow a person with a disability to participate in a service, program, or activity simply because the person has a disability. The College must provide programs and services in an integrated setting, unless separate or different measures are necessary to ensure equal opportunity. Furthermore, the College is required to make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, and procedures that may deny equal access to individuals with disabilities unless a fundamental alteration in its services, programs, or activities would result. The College is also obligated to communicate effectively with individuals who may have speech, visual, or hearing impairments and must furnish auxiliary aides and services, when necessary to ensure effective communication, unless it would cause an undue burden for the College. No special charges may be levied on individuals with disabilities to cover the costs of measures necessary to ensure nondiscriminatory treatment, such as making modifications required to provide program accessibility. (Updated July 2015; Abridged from Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees)

SHOULD YOU NEED ASSISTANCE IN REVIEWING THIS NOTICE OR IMPLEMENTING COLLEGE PROCEDURES, CONTACT STUDENT ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES.

Pets and Service Animals

With the exception of service animals, animals are not permitted on campus. Service animals on campus must be under the control of the owner. Service animals must be on a leash at all times.  Service animals are considered personal property as the owner/handler is responsible for any damages caused by their animal.  Individuals are not required to disclose their disability or show documentation, but when asked by college officials, individuals with animals are required to disclose the status of the service animal and what function it performs.

Student Grievance Procedure

  1. Definition: A grievance is an allegation by a student that, as to him or her, an agent of the college has violated board or college policies relating to students other than assignment of grades or other academic evaluation.
  2. How to file a grievance: A grievance is to be submitted in writing to the Office of Student Development within thirty days of the date the grievant knew or reasonably should have known of the alleged violation. The written grievance shall specify the right claimed to have been violated and state briefly the underlying facts.
  3. Procedure for grievance resolution: Office of Student Development shall investigate the grievance and, within thirty days from the time the grievance was submitted recommend to the President a disposition of the grievance, except as provided hereinafter:
    1. The course of each investigation, the Office of Student Development shall consult with the Dean responsible for the area of college operations in which the grievance arose.
    2. In the case of a grievance alleging discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, marital status, or physical disability, prior conviction of a crime, political beliefs, veteran status, or sexual preference, the Office of Student Development shall consult with the college's affirmative action person during the course of the investigation.
    3. In the case of a grievance against a Dean, the grievance shall be filed with the President.

The President may accept or reject the recommendation, or direct such further investigation as he or she deems appropriate. The President shall notify the student of the final disposition of the grievance within fifteen (15) days of receiving the recommendation, except for good cause or as provided on page 70 of the Student Handbook.

  1. Advisory Committee: The President may establish an advisory committee of students and staff which may be charged with the responsibility of making recommendations at either the levels of the Deans or the President.  The President may appoint and remove members of the committee. If an advisory committee is appointed, the President shall establish a reasonable time frame within which the committee must make recommendations.

The following people have been designated to handle inquiring regarding the non-discrimination policies: Dean of Student Affairs (Title IX Coordinator) and Student Accessibility Specialist (Section 504/ADA Coordinator), Gateway Community College, 20 Church Street, New Haven, CT 06510; Dean of Student Affairs: 203-285-2212. 

For more information on student rights, please refer to the Student Handbook.

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