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SECTION 504 and TITLE II GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

It is the policy of the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind (MSDB) not to discriminate on the basis of disability. MSDB has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations implementing the Act. Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. The Law and Regulations may be examined in the MSDB Main Office and ask to speak with the Section 504/Title II Coordinator or the Superintendent.
Any person who believes she or he has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability may file a grievance under this procedure. It is against the law for MSDB to retaliate against anyone who files a grievance or cooperates in the investigation of a grievance.

Procedure:

  • Grievances must be submitted to the Section 504/Title II Coordinator within 10 days of the date the person filing the grievance becomes aware of the alleged discriminatory action.
  • A complaint must be in writing, containing the name and address of the person filing it. The complaint must state the problem or action alleged to be discriminatory and the remedy or relief sought.
  • The Section 504/Title II Coordinator or the Superintendent (or her/his designee) shall conduct an investigation of the complaint. This investigation may be informal, but it must be thorough, affording all interested persons an opportunity to submit evidence relevant to the complaint. The Section 504/Title II Coordinator or Superintendent will maintain the files and records of MSDB relating to such grievances.
  • The Section 504/Title II Coordinator or Superintendent will issue a written decision on the grievance no later than 30 days after its filing.
  • The person filing the grievance may appeal the decision of the Section 504/Title II Coordinator or Superintendent by writing to the Chairperson of the Board of Public Education within 15 days of receiving the Section 504/Tittle II Coordinator’s decision. The Chairperson of the Board of Public Education shall issue a written decision in response to the appeal no later than 30 days after its filing.
  • The availability and use of this grievance procedure does not prevent a person from filing a complaint of discrimination on the basis of disability with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights.

MSDB will make appropriate arrangements to ensure that persons who have a disability are provided other accommodations, if needed, to participate in this grievance process. Such arrangements may include, but are not limited to, providing interpreters for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, providing alternative formats of materials for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, or assuring a barrier-free location for the proceedings. The Section 504/Title II Coordinator or Superintendent will be responsible for such arrangements.