Privacy Act of 1974; Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration; DOT/MARAD 035; United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Student Religious Accommodations Files
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) intends to establish a new system of records for the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) entitled ``DOT/MARAD 035USMMA Student Religious Accommodations Files.'' This system allows MARAD/USMMA to collect, use, maintain, and disseminate the records needed to process, manage, maintain, and resolve reasonable accommodation requests from USMMA students and accepted applicants based on religious belief, practice, or observance. This includes requests for accommodation to decline vaccinations. The information will be used to make determinations for exemptions to vaccination requirements. MARAD/USMMA is required to consider reasonable accommodation requests in accordance with applicable law including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Executive Order 13160, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Race, Sex, Color, National Origin, Disability, Religion, Age, Sexual Orientation, and Status as a Parent in Federally Conducted Education and Training Programs.