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Disability Discrimination & Grievances

The district's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy includes complaint procedures for students who experience discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, national origin, ethnic identification, age, disability, pregnancy or status as a Vietnam-era veteran. 

A person who feels they have been or are being subjected to discriminatory treatment, including sexual harassment, or who has learned of such unlawful discrimination in their official capacity, should immediately notify the Office of the Vice President, Student Services by submitting this form

The primary goal of the Student Grievance Process is to produce a mutually acceptable solution to a student’s complaint as soon as possible. Experience has shown that most concerns which students have regarding support services and instructional matters are relatively easy to resolve through Hancock's informal grievance process. To begin the process, please complete this form.  If the issue is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student, the student has a right to file a formal complaint concerning any allegation of failure to comply with the laws, regulations, and procedures as set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 1974), Title 5, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).  BP 5530

Ruben Ramirez, 
(805) 922-6966 ext. 3936

According to the California Code of Regulations for community colleges (Title V), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (section 504), The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), you have certain rights.

  • As a qualified student with a disability, you have the right to receive necessary academic accommodations based upon your educational limitations in order to have access to activities, programs, and services.  The college faculty and staff shall not automatically reject an accommodation unless the identified accommodation has been determined to lower academic standards or fundamentally alter the course or program in question, pose a health or safety risk, or if a more effective or feasible accommodation exists.
  • Your participation in Learning Assistance Program (LAP) shall be entirely voluntary.
  • Receiving LAP support services and accommodations or LAP instruction shall not preclude you from participating in any other course, program or activity offered by the college.
  • All records maintained by LAP personnel pertaining to your disability shall be protected from disclosure and shall be subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requirements for the handling of student records.  However, your consent to release information is not required as long as the disclosure is to other school officials (including instructors) within the college whom Allan Hancock College has determined to have legitimate educational interests.  Portions of the information you present to LAP may be shared with the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges or other state and federal agencies; however, disclosure to these parties is made in strict accordance with applicable statues regarding confidentiality, including FERPA.  According to Section 7 of the Federal Privacy Act, providing your social security number is voluntary.
  • You shall not be excluded from the participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity in a public entity.  In essence, you shall not be discriminated against on the basis of a disability.

If you wish to file a complaint or grievance regarding discrimination on the basis of a disability, you should follow the discrimination complaint procedure outlined in the college catalog.