My question involves education law in the State of: Tennessee
I am a student at a state university in Tennessee who qualifies under the "Americans with Disabilities Act" for extended testing time in a quiet environment. Now I have this one professor, when I took one of his classes the very first time, I failed it (at the time I he was giving me extra test time as required by the school). So I took his class again, and one day when I answered a question in class that he asked he said: "Well this guy has taken the class a 3 times." In that class I was expecting an A or B, yet somehow received a C. The next semester (in a different one of his classes), he made a similar comment. Than, this last semester, when I had him for one last class, one day he asked the class if anyone knew what certain topic was. I was the only one to raise my hand. He then said to the class "Well, you tend to know these things when you've been around several times." I received a D in that class. I think the professor has been intentionally discriminating against me because he doesn't believe I should receive special privileges (he never said this, but he is 80 years old). When he was giving me extra time to this last semester, he didn't put me in a quiet area, actually half the time I ended up sitting on the floor outside his office after class getting "extra time." In class, he seemed to yell people a lot for asking certain questions that he thought were stupid.
My office of disability services (the ones who are in charge of all of this) do have a grievance procedure but I read on the webpage "A complaint must be filed within ten (10) working days after the complainant becomes aware of the alleged violation." Now this was like 3 months ago, so it well past that. I don't think this would do much anyways because they don't necessarily have any authority and the professor is tenured.
Why did I not file a complaint? I probably should have, but I'm one of the kind of people that doesn't usually like to cause trouble and usually doesn't stay mad over something for long. But this one has just been really bugging me lately, especially thinking about the to C's I got in his first 2 classes plus this last D. I think he his keeping me from really being able to excel in any of his classes. Especially being afraid to ask questions when I'm certain he doesn't like me. Why did I keep taking this particular professor? Well, I had to, he is the only one that teaches these particular classes that I need.
So, do I have any legal options here? If not, what would you do personally?
I am also able to produce witnesses who can attest to the professor's discrimination (of course this might all be hear say at least in a court of law).