Disability Services Appeals Policy for Students

University of the Sciences has both a legal obligation and an ethical commitment to support the rights of persons with disabilities to equal access. As such, the following policy has been established for students who believe they have been denied reasonable and appropriate accommodations by a responsible agent of the University.

Any student with a documented disability for which they need and have requested accommodations should contact the Office of Student Accommodations (OSA) if he or she experiences any of the following situations:

  • Denial of reasonable accommodations
  • A delay in the implementation of an approved accommodation
  • Denial of an approved accommodation
  • Any discrimination due to an approved accommodation

Students should contact the OSA within ten (10) business days of the alleged denial and/or violation. The OSA will work with students to try to informally resolve any concerns. If the informal approach does not result in a mutually agreeable outcome, the student may appeal the unresolved issue in writing to the University’s Affirmative Action Officer (AAO). A written Letter of Appeal must be submitted within thirty (30) business days of the last meeting with the OSA to the following address:

Department of Human Resources, Affirmative Action Officer
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Letter of Appeal must include the following information:

  • Student’s name, address, and University ID number
  • Description of the alleged denial and/or violation
  • Additional supporting information
  • Desired outcome

Upon receiving the Letter of Appeal, the AAO will investigate the complaint and render a decision within ten (10) business days. The determination will be provided to the student in writing at that time. The AAO’s decision is final and cannot be appealed within the University.

Students who are not satisfied with the AAO’s decision may file a formal grievance against the University or a written complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

Contact:

Monica Vance
Associate Director of Student Accommodations

Address:

Office Location: Whitecar Hall, Room 1111
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-8758Fax: 215-596-7451

Email:

m.vance@usciences.edu

Contact:

Michael Janes
Director of Human Resources

Address:

Office Location: 4100 Chester Ave, Suite 3200
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-8697

Email:

m.janes@usciences.edu