Appeals/Grievances

Disability Discrimination: Reporting Concerns, Informal Resolution and Formal Grievance Procedures

Brown University  has adopted these procedures to facilitate the resolution of concerns and complaints alleging disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act  of 1990, as amended ("ADA") and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended ("Section 504").

Reporting Concerns

An individual with a a concern related to a disability should first attempt to discuss the matter with the Student and Employee Accessibility Services ("SEAS"), 401-863-9588, which will attempt to resolve the individual's concern.

Informal Resolution

If the individual is not satisfied with the resolution proposed by SEAS, the individual should discuss the matter with the appropriate ADA/Section 504 Coordinator as listed below:

  • Brown University students should contact Eric Estes, Vice President for Campus Life & Student Services, 401-863-1800.
  • Brown University faculty should contact Liza Cariaga-Lo, Vice President for Academic Development, Diversity and Inclusion, 401-863-2216.
  • Brown University  staff should contact Wendy McRae-Owoeye, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, 401-863-1787.

Formal Grievance Procedures

An individual may file a formal grievance with the appropriate ADA/Section 504 Coordinator after attempting to resolve his or her concerns orally with SEAS and the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator. The formal grievance should be filed as soon as practicable. 

The grievance must be in writing and include the following: 

  1. the individual's name, address, email address and phone number; 
  2. a full description of the individual's concern;
  3. a description of the efforts made to resolve the concern through SEAS and the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator; and
  4. a statement of the remedy requested

Upon receipt of the grievance, the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator will provide the individual with written notice acknowledging its receipt and promptly initiate an investigation. Upon completion of the investigation, the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator will prepare and transmit a written reply to the individual and the party(ies) against whom the grievance is directed.

US Department of Education Contact Information

Individuals may always contact the following regarding allegations of disability discrimination in violation of Section 504:

Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, Telephone:  800-421-3481. FAX: 202-453-6012. TTY# 800-877-8339. Email: OCR@ed.gov

Boston Office, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617-289-0111. FAX: 617-289-0150. Email: OCR.Boston@ed.gov