The Peralta District, which includes College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College and Vista College, does not discriminate in its admissions, financial aid, educational services, activities, programs (including vocational education) or employment on the basis of race, age, ancestry, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, marital status, color, national origin, creed, medical condition, disability, religious or political affiliation.
The Peralta District is subject to Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1972, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act 1991.
The Title IX, Section 504 Coordinator for the Peralta District is the District Affirmative Action Officer, Mr. Larry Hardy, whose office is located at 333 East 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94606; telephone (510) 466-7220.
Students, faculty, and employees and applicants for employment who believe they have been discriminated against may file a discrimination complaint with the President of the College, Dean of Student Services (for students), Dean of Instruction (for faculty or employees) or the District Affirmative Action Officer. Complaint forms and procedures are available at the Presidentís, Deanís, and Affirmative Action Offices.
Peralta Colleges encourage "mainstreaming" of disabled students into regular classes. The colleges offer support services to make education accessible. Each main campus has an Enabler to coordinate the disabled student program. Students who find that a class is not accessible should contact the Disability Resource Center for assistance. The Centerís services include classroom interpreters, notetakers, readers, special counseling on disability management and peer counseling group. Braille texts, taped texts, and other special equipment are available. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the collegesí vocational education program.