5050 Access to Equal Educational Opportunity

Policy Type: 

The Board of Trustees declares it to be the policy of this College to provide an equal opportunity for all students, regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, color, creed, ancestry, religion, national origin, martial status, veterans status, genetics, weight, height, handicap, or social or economic background, to learn through the programs offered in this College.

The College, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325), which became effective on January 1, 2009, and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its implementing regulations, is committed to providing a free appropriate education to each qualified handicapped student within its jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the handicap.

The administrative rules establish the procedure by which the College may meet this commitment. The College may, as an alternative or in combination with its administrative procedure, follow the provisions established for identification, evaluation and placement of students under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA).

The Board Policy and Administrative Procedure have been developed and adopted for the purpose of complying with the College's educational services obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its implementing regulations and they are not designed or intended, nor should they be construed, to grant broader rights or remedies. The Board Policy and Administrative Procedure do not, and should not be construed to, create rights or remedies enforceable in contract or by any other than Section 504 and its implementing regulations.

The College's administration may issue interpretative memoranda and adopt directives and procedures to implement the law, Board Policy and Administrative Procedure.

The President shall appoint a coordinator whose responsibility it will be to ensure that federal and state regulations are complied with and that any complaints are dealt with promptly in accordance with law.

M.C.L. 380.1146, 380.1173 et seq. Fourteenth Amendment, U.S. Constitution
P.L. 110-325
20 U.S.C. Section 1681
20 U.S.C. Section 1702 et seq.
29 U.S.C. Section 794
29 U.S.C. Section 701
42 U.S.C. Section 2000 et seq.

Adopted Date: 
Monday, April 21, 1997
Revised Date: 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Board Approved
Rescinded Date: 
Monday, August 14, 2017
Rescinded Explanation: 
Replaced with new policy