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The Goldman Center for Student Accessibility (Goldman Center) staff members aim to ensure that students with disabilities - undergraduate, graduate, professional, and students in online programs - have equal access to participate in educational opportunities and co-curricular programming at Tulane University.

Determining equal access involves an interactive process that requires consideration of disability, essential functions of academic programs and courses, and university policies and practices. The Goldman Center staff are responsible for analyzing all available documentation when making eligibility determinations and approving and implementing reasonable accommodations.

Students are strongly encouraged to follow the steps listed below. Failure to adhere to the following procedure may result in dismissal of the student’s appeal.

If you have questions about submitting an appeal or require assistance with the process, please contact the Goldman Center by e-mail or telephone at (504) 862-8433.

A student may file a discrimination grievance with Tulane University’s Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) at any time if they believe that they were discriminated against by a member of the Goldman Center staff.

Step 1: Informal Resolution

Students dissatisfied with the outcome of their application for accommodations should first contact the Goldman Center via e-mail at goldman@tulane.edu or phone at (504) 862-8433 to discuss their concerns with the initial determination.

A Goldman Center staff member will follow up within twenty-four (24) hours, and may ask the student to provide additional documentation or information related to their request for accommodations.

Step 2: Appeal to Director

If the students' request is unable to be informally resolved, the student may submit an appeal to the Director of the Goldman Center using this form. The type of concern should be listed as "ADA/504" and the student should begin their description of the concern with "Appeal to the Director of the Goldman Center."

The Director will review all available documentation and speak with the student, the relevant Goldman Center staff member(s), and others as necessary to determine a reasonable, equitable outcome. When possible, the Director’s review will be completed within seven (7) business days. The Director will issue a decision in writing to the student via e-mail.

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Step 3: Appeal to Executive Director

If the student is dissatisfied with the outcome of the Appeal to the Director, the student may then submit an appeal to the Executive Director for Campus Accessibility & ADA/504 Coordinator, who supervises the Goldman Center, using this form. The type of concern should be listed as "ADA/504" and the student should begin their description of the concern with "Appeal to the Executive Director for Campus Accessibility & ADA/504 Coordinator."

When possible, the Executive Director’s review will be completed, and a decision communicated via e-mail, within seven (7) business days.

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