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ADA

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

Students who provide recent and appropriate documentation of disabilities are eligible to receive reasonable accommodations. The types of available accommodations will vary based on the nature of the disability and course content. To obtain accommodations, the student must:

Inform the Disability Services Coordinator of the disability;

Provide current and appropriate documentation that describes the nature of the disability and supports the type of accommodations requested;

Meet with the Disability Services Coordinator to complete an accommodations letter that defines what classroom accommodations are appropriate; and

Request that the accommodation letters be generated each semester and deliver copies to course instructors.

ADA records are maintained by the Disability Services Coordinator. Questions should be directed to the Disability Services Coordinator located in Bernardine Hall, Room 1121, x8423.

Alvernia University does not exclude, solely by reason of disability, any otherwise qualified individual from participation in nor deny such an individual the benefits of, nor subject such an individual to discrimination under, any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

For questions, concerns, or to request review of a request for accommodations, students should contact:
Vice President for University Life and Dean of Students
400 St. Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607
610.796.8211
joe.cicala@alvernia.edu
Grievances brought by students against other students will be addressed through our Community Standards process. (See Community Standards chapter in the Student Handbook).

For questions or concerns, faculty, staff, and student employees should contact:
Human Resources
Alvernia University
400 St. Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607
610.796.8317
human.resources@alvernia.edu

Harassment and Discrimination

Nondiscrimination Policy (from the Alvernia University Undergraduate Catalog, 2011-2012)

Alvernia University complies with all applicable federal, state and local nondiscrimination laws in the administration of its educational programs, services, and employment relationships. We are committed to equality. Continued and responsible growth of our University results from enhancing and utilizing the abilities of all individuals to their fullest extent practicable within the framework of our environment. All employment decisions advance the principle of equal employment opportunity. In addition, personnel activities such as recruitment, interviewing, selection, promotion, training, benefits, transfers, lay-offs, demotion and discipline are administered according to good business practices, the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, Executive Orders concerning equal employment opportunity, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulations and guidelines, all of which require that all persons have equal employment opportunities and strictly prohibit discriminatory and harassment practices.The participation of women and minorities in management by employment and promotion will continue to be emphasized so that they may be given the opportunity to contribute to the success of the University. All employees of Alvernia University will continue to approach this responsibility with the sensitivity and human concern they have in the past.

The Human Resources Office is charged with the responsibility to maintain the necessary programs, records and reports to comply with all government regulations, and with the goals and objectives of our equal employment opportunity program. Any employee, student, or applicant of this University who feels that he or she has been discriminated against in employment or recruiting should contact the Human Resources Office to pursue the proper discrimination complaint procedure

Harassment Policy (from the Alvernia University Undergraduate Catalog, 2011-2012)

Alvernia University strives to maintain an environment where all employees and students are free from harassment. It is the responsibility of each person on campus to respect the personal dignity of others. The University will not tolerate harassment of any type. No employee or student will be discriminated or retaliated against for bringing alleged issues of harassment to the attention of the University, and employees and students are encouraged to do so. Employees of the University are encouraged to consult with the Director of Human Resources Department regarding their concern. Students are encouraged to consult the Vice President for University Life for assistance. These individuals have been trained in issues involving harassment awareness and prevention.

Harassment Policy (from the Alvernia University Student Handbook, January, 2012)

Alvernia University strives to maintain an environment where all employees and students are free from harassment. The University does not tolerate harassment of any type including but not limited to, stalking, “bullying”, and innuendos. Harassment may be physical, verbal, or electronic. Examples of actions that may be considered harassment, depending on the facts and circumstances are: derogatory or vulgar comments or jokes regarding race, sex, religion, ethnic heritage, age, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, physical appearance, or sexual orientation; threats of physical harm and/or hitting, pushing, throwing objects; touching or other physical contact or threats to take such action; unwelcome or unsolicited sexual advances, demands or requests, or distribution of any offensive or pornographic materials.

No employee or student is discriminated or retaliated against for bringing alleged issues of harassment to the attention of the University, and are encouraged to do so. If any student feels he or she is a victim of harassment, he or she should report this to the Office of Public Safety, the Office of Residence Life, or the Vice President for University Life.

Title IX

Title IX (from the Alvernia University Student Handbook, January, 2012)

Alvernia University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the admission to or employment in its education programs or activities.

For questions or concerns, students should contact the Title IX Coordinator:

Dr. Joseph J. Cicala
Vice President for University Life and Dean of Students
400 St. Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607
610.796.8211
joe.cicala@alvernia.edu

Grievances brought by students against other students will be addressed through our Community Standards process. (See Community Standards chapter in this Student Handbook.)

For questions or concerns, faculty, staff, and student employees should contact:

Human Resources
Alvernia University
400 St. Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607
610.796.8317
human.resources@alvernia.edu