Grievance and Discipline Committee

(1)   In the case of grievances, the purpose is: to ensure the academic and non- academic rights of students and faculty members by hearing any case in which a student thinks one of the rights listed in the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities has been denied, unless a more specific grievance or review procedure has been established for a matter. The 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.

(2)   In the matters of discipline, the purpose is: to serve as the board of appeal for all decisions, made at the level of a dean or equivalent, regarding student academic misconduct and violations of the Code of Conduct, except where students are subject to a special code of conduct, for example, an honor code or special code of student responsibility in a professional or other program.

(3)   Membership: five full-time faculty members, three administrators, and four students. The committee will elect a chair annually from among the committee’s faculty members.

(4)   Procedure: In the case of student-initiated grievances, each panel selected to hear an individual case will consist of one student member, one administrative member, one faculty member and the chair, who is non- voting, who will preside at meetings and who will see that the parties involved are given a fair and impartial hearing. The chair may take part in the questioning and discussion. Once a panel has been selected, all of those voting members plus the chair must be present in person to hear the case. The grievance hearing procedures are outlined in the Student Policy Book.

In matters of discipline:

(a)   The chair will select, from among the members of the committee, a special five-member hearing panel for each disciplinary case. Each such special hearing panel will consist of two faculty members, one administrator and two students.

(b)   The policies and procedures to be followed by this committee are as specified in the Student Policy Book. After the hearing, the panel will issue a written recommendation and the reasons underlying that recommendation to the Executive Vice President and Provost.