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Student Accommodation Appeal Procedure

Saginaw Valley State University Office of Disability Services has the responsibility to recommend and arrange accommodations for students with disabilities.  A formal appeal process is available to students who believe accommodations have been denied, the recommended accommodation is not appropriate, or their rights have been violated.  Although there is no time limit for filing a complaint, mediation and resolutions will be for current or on-going situations.

  1. The student should first discuss the problem with the Director of Disability Services.
  2.  If the situation cannot be resolved informally or if the student is not satisfied with the outcome of the meeting, an appeal may be filed, in writing, to the Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Mamie Thorns.  (989) 964-4068).   The appeal can be brief but must be specific, identifying the problematic situation, parties involved and possible solutions.
  3. A review of the situation will typically commence within three (3) working days.  The Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Mamie Thorns or her designee will appoint an investigator(s) to review the complaint.  A full report will be filed by the investigator(s) with the Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Mamie Thorns, who will render a decision within three working days of receipt of the report and notify the student in writing.
  4. At any time students may contact the Office of Civil Rights to seek assistance.

Office of Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

600 Superior Avenue, East

Bank One Center, Suite 750

Cleveland, Ohio 44111-2611

(216) 522-4970

FAX: (216) 522-2573

If a complaint is brought by a student regarding the denial of an accommodation for an ongoing class, the decision of the Office of Disability Services to provide or deny said accommodation, shall be implemented until such time as a formal resolution is achieved.  Faculty issues with decisions regarding accommodation of students with disabilities should be referred to the Director of Disability Services

Contact Us


Ann Coburn-Collins,
Director of Academic Support Programs

Wickes 260

Scott MacLeod
Assistant Director of Disability Services & Academic Support

Wickes 260

Deborah Rickert
Office Coordinator

Science East 201/Wickes 260