Legal Information

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against persons with a disability in any program receiving federal financial assistance. In order to fulfill obligations under Section 504, University Schools has the responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a disability should knowingly be permitted in any of the programs and practices of the school system.

University Schools has responsibilities under Section 504 which include the obligations to identify, evaluate, and, if the student is determined to be eligible under Section 504, to afford access to appropriate educational services.

If the parent or guardian disagrees with a determination made by the professional staff of the school district, he/she has a right to a hearing with an impartial hearing officer.

If there are questions or concerns, please contact the Assistant Director of Academic Guidance, 765-285-8110.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) also specifies rights related to educational records. This Act gives the parent or guardian the right to 1) inspect and review his/her child’s educational records; 2) make copies of these records; 3) receive a list of the individuals having access to those records; 4) ask for an explanation of any item in the records; 5) ask for an amendment to any report on the grounds that it is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the child’s rights; and 6) request a hearing on the issue if the school refuses to make the amendment.

If there are questions or concerns, please contact the Assistant Director of Academic Guidance, 765-285-8110.

Title IX

Dr. Vickie Barton is the Indiana Academy’s Title IX Coordinator. She can be reached at 765-285-8126 or .

Ball State University Policy Regarding Unaccompanied Minors

The Policy Regarding Minors has been revised and renamed the Policy Regarding Unaccompanied Minors as part of a standard review and update. Please take a moment to read and familiarize yourself with this policy to determine if it applies to any of your activities and/or events. Compliance will be closely monitored by Ball State’s Office of Risk Management in partnership with University Human Resource Services and your respective Vice President.

You can find the policy and procedures in their entirety on the Office of Risk Management’s website at http://cms.bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices/riskmanagement/relatedpolicies/policy-regarding-unaccompanied-minors.

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