Grievance Process

Students who believe they have been aggrieved according to the specifications in the "Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities" should utilize the following process to resolve that grievance. In the governance of a college there is a "chain of command." Grievances should be first discussed with the alleged aggrievor and if the grievance is unresolved, the student should proceed up the chain of command (see Grievance Procedure diagram) until the grievance has been satisfactorily settled. Any student who feels aggrieved may consult with the Dean of Students concerning the process and the procedures. All persons who become involved in the process will attempt to resolve the grievance prior to any formal Grievance Committee hearings.

The Grievance and Discipline Committee will hear any case in which a student thinks one of the rights listed in the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities has been denied. The Grievance and Discipline Committee will consider only whether the challenged action or decision by a member of the faculty, administration, student body or any agency of these groups was unfair (arbitrary) or capricious.

The committee will first examine the facts presented (in writing) by the student. If the committee judges that there is sufficient evidence, it will investigate the matter and hear testimony. If the Grievance and Discipline Committee decides that the student's complaint is justified, it will discuss the matter with the person or persons concerned and determine the means to ensure the student's rights. The decision of the Grievance and Discipline Committee will be binding on all parties concerned unless the decision is appealed to the executive vice president.

Grievance Appeal Procedure

Either interested party (defendant or plaintiff) may appeal a decision of the Grievance and Discipline Committee to the executive vice president of the university within five days from the receipt of the decision. The executive vice president will choose an appeal board of three members. The appeal board will not rehear the case, but will consider evidence of a violation of the proper procedures or manifest partiality. The appeal board will bring its recommendation to the executive vice president, whose decision will be final.