College of the Siskiyous

DSPS Student Handbook

Discrimination Complaint Procedures for Students with Disabilities

In the event that a student believes that they have been discriminated against or that their civil rights have been violated because of a disability, they may initiate a complaint against the individual or the College of the Siskiyous District (District) by electing to:

  1. Informally resolve the alleged discrimination;
  2. Complete an ADA Compliance Committee Complaint form, and filing it with the appropriate office;
  3. Filing a formal complaint with the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.

By electing options 1 or 2, the complainant does not give up their right to file a formal complaint with the Department of Justice, US Department of Education, or Office for Civil Rights.

1. Informal Complaint Resolution

A student may choose to informally resolve an issue of alleged discrimination or failure to provide an authorized accommodation by speaking directly with the alleged perpetrator (e.g., classroom instructor, college representative). No formal record of the meeting or the resolution of the complaint will be maintained by Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) or any other District office.

2. ADA Compliance Committee Complaint Form

The College of the Siskiyous District supports the statement that "no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of a disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination." In support of that statement, the District has adopted procedures, including an ADA Compliance Committee Complaint form, for the prompt and equitable resolution of a grievance alleging discrimination, harassment, or the violation of civil rights. (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990)

If a student believes that they have been discriminated against because of a disability, they can download the ADA Compliance Committee Complaint form or it can be requested from:

Melissa Green, Vice President for Student Services
College of the Siskiyous
800 College Avenue, Weed, CA 96094
Phone: (530) 938-5374
Email: StudentServices@siskiyous.edu

A record of the complaint will be maintained in the Office of the Vice President for Student Services. The ADA/Section 504 Compliance Officer for the appropriate issue or the ADA Compliance Committee will mediate a resolution of the complaint.

3. A complaint may be filed, at any time with

US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, California
Office for Civil Rights, San Francisco Office
U.S. Department of Education
50 Beale Street, Suite 7200
San Francisco, CA 94105-1813
Telephone: (415) 486-5555
Facsimile: (415) 486-5570
Email: OCR.SanFrancisco@ed.gov