• Student Academic Support Services


  • Grievance Procedures

    Franciscan University of Steubenville and Student Academic Support Services (SASS) support you in your right to file a grievance when you believe you have been denied equal access in the form of appropriate accommodations, modifications, auxiliary aids, or effective communication or suffered discrimination as described in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990/ADA Amendment Act of 2008, or the Ohio Administrative Code 4112-5-09 Discrimination against persons with disabilities in institutions of higher education.

    In order to expedite the resolution, the following procedure should be followed:

    • Level One: Discuss concerns with the Director of Student Academic Support Services.
      SASS will attempt to resolve the issues by assisting the student in discussing issues with the faculty member, department, or program. The SASS Director will gather information and coordinate the discussion meetings with the student, faculty member, and/or department chair. In some instances, the Director of Advising and Academic Operations will be consulted in order to develop a resolution. Most situations are positively resolved through SASS support and mediation.
    • Level Two: Request a review by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
      This formal complaint must be submitted in writing, containing the name, address, and student ID of the complainant and a description of the allegations of discrimination. The complainant is encouraged to include specific facts in support of the allegations. The Vice President of Academic Affairs, in consultation with General Counsel, will make a final determination and inform the complainant within two weeks (10 workdays) of receipt of the appeal.
    • Level Three: File formal complaint with appropriate government agency.
      If the complaint is not resolved at the University level, the student may choose to file a complaint with the Federal Office for Civil Rights, The Ohio Civil Rights Commission, or The Ohio Legal Rights Service. These entities will take complaints and will investigate when appropriate.

    A complainant is not required by law to use the institutional grievance procedure before filing a complaint with The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education. However, both the OCR and Franciscan University encourage using internal grievance procedures before filing a complaint with OCR.

    Retaliation against any person who files a complaint of alleged discrimination, participates in an investigation, or opposes a discriminatory education practice or policy is prohibited under University policy and by state and federal law.

    Contact Information

    Tina Maroni

    Director of Student Academic Support Services
    Egan Hall, Room 105 C
    Franciscan University of Steubenville
    Steubenville, OH 43952
    (740) 284-5358
    Fax: (740) 284-7095
    E-mail: tmaroni@franciscan.edu

    Ann Dulany

    Director of Advising and Academic Operations
    Egan Hall, Room
    Franciscan University of Steubenville
    Steubenville, OH 43952
    (740) 284-5254
    E-mail: adulany@franciscan.edu

    Dr. Daniel Kempton

    Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Egan Hall, Room 207
    Franciscan University of Steubenville
    Steubenville, OH 43952
    (740) 283-6228
    Fax: (740) 284-5282

    US Department of Education

    Office of Civil Rights
    Lyndon Baines Johnson Dept. of Ed Bldg.
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-1100
    800-421-3481
    (TTY) 877-521-2172
    Fax: 202-453-6012
    Email: OCR@ed.gov
    http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

    Ohio Civil Rights Commission

    30 East Broad Street, Fifth Floor
    Columbus OH, 43215
    614-466-2785
    888-278-7101
    http://crc.ohio.gov/

    Ohio Legal Rights Service

    50 W. Broad St., Suite 1400
    Columbus, Ohio 43215-5923
    614-466-7264 or 800-282-9181
    (TTY) 614-728-2553 or 800-858-3542
    Fax: 614-644-1888
    http://www.olrs.ohio.gov/

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