Union University has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging discrimination based on the denial of accommodations for disability. Complaints alleging discrimination based on the denial of requested accommodations due to one's disability are heard by the Disability Grievance Committee and should be addressed to the Committee Chair:
Kimberly C. Thornbury, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Services
And Dean of Students
1050 Union University Dr.
Jackson, TN 38305-3697
- A complaint must be submitted in writing, and contain the name and address of the complainant and a description of the allegations of discrimination. The complainant must explain the specific facts in support of the allegation(s).
- A complaint must be filed within sixty (60) days of the denial of accommodations or instance of discrimination.
- An investigation, as may be appropriate, shall be conducted by the Disability Grievance Committee, following receipt of the complaint. This committee is chaired by the V.P. for Student Services. This procedure affords the complainant and the person(s) against whom the allegation(s) of discrimination have been made, and their respective representatives, if any, an opportunity to submit information and documentation regarding the complaint allegations.
- The investigation will be completed with written results of the investigation issued and a copy forwarded to the complainant within forty-five (45) workdays of the receipt of the complaint.
- Although the University will make every effort to comply with these timelines, circumstances such as school breaks, may justify an extension of time.
- Retaliation against any person who files a complaint of alleged discrimination, participates in an investigation, or opposes a discriminatory education practice or policy based on a disability is prohibited under University policy, and by state and federal law.