The college has designated a Section 504/ADA coordinator to handle the college’s efforts to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Within five (5) business days of filing, the special assistant for equity, diversity, and inclusion shall forward allegations of discrimination or harassment based on disability to the Section 504/ADA coordinator.

You may also file allegations of discrimination or harassment based on disability in writing directly with the Section 504/ADA coordinator. The Section 504/ADA coordinator shall send written notice of receipt of the complaint to the complainant within five (5) business days of receipt of a complaint.

The name and contact information of the Section 504/ADA coordinator is Rebecca Mosely, Carnegie Building, Room 204, 52 W. Lorain St., Oberlin, OH 44074, (440) 775-8555
rebecca.mosely@oberlin.edu

The name and contact information for the Deputy Section 504/ADA coordinator is Shozo Kawaguchi, Wilder Hall, Room 105, 135 W. Lorain St. Oberlin, OH 44074, (440) 775-8462
shozo.kawaguchi@oberlin.edu

The Section 504/ADA coordinator shall subsequently take the following steps to investigate the complaint. At all times, the Section 504/ADA coordinator shall advise each person involved in the investigation that they are to keep the matter confidential. The Section 504/ADA coordinator shall:

  • Interview the complainant and the person against whom the complaint has been filed (the respondent).
  • Provide both the complainant and the respondent with the opportunity to identify relevant witnesses and evidence. With the assistance as necessary of the Equity and Diversity Committee, the Section 504/ADA coordinator shall interview any such witnesses and review any such evidence.
  • Consult with appropriate offices depending on the constituencies represented in the complaint. If the complaint involves a student, the Section 504/ADA coordinator shall consult with the Office of the Dean of Students and, as appropriate, with the Office of Disability Services. If the complaint involves a faculty member, the Section 504/ADA coordinator shall consult with the appropriate divisional dean’s office. If the complaint involves a staff member, the Section 504/ADA coordinator shall consult with the manager of employee relations.
  • Based on the information presented, identify any additional relevant sources of information. With the assistance as necessary of the Equity and Diversity Committee, the Section 504/ADA coordinator shall examine these sources of information.
  • Issue a report and recommendation within 45 days of receipt of a complaint containing a) a determination whether the preponderance of the evidence supports the allegation(s), with a description of the investigation as necessary; b) a recommendation for appropriate action. This report and recommendation shall be provided to the president or their designee.

If the report determines that the preponderance of the evidence supports the allegation(s), the president or designee shall render a decision on appropriate action, including but not limited to disciplinary action, after discussions with the Office of Disability Services, the Office of the Dean of Students, the appropriate divisional dean’s office, and or the manager of employee relations, considering the constituency of the respondent, within ten (10) days of receipt of the report.

This decision may consider the total institutional record of the respondent. The complainant, the respondent, and the Section 504/ADA coordinator shall receive written notification of the decision of the president or designee. The notification shall include a description of any steps the college shall take to prevent the recurrence of any discrimination or harassment and to correct discriminatory effects on the complainant and others, if appropriate.

The respondent, complainant, or Section 504/ADA coordinator may present written arguments to the president or their designee appealing the decision of the president or designee within five (5) days of the issuance of the decision. The president or their designee will have five (5) days from receipt of such written arguments to act.