A grievance is an allegation by a student that an agent of the College has violated Board or College policies relating to students other than assignment of grades or other academic evaluation (see also Section 3: Review of Academic Standing).
How to File a Grievance
A grievance is to be submitted in writing to the Dean of Student Services or such other college official as the President may designate (hereinafter, the Dean of Student Services), within thirty (30) days of the date the grievant knew or reasonably should have known of the alleged violation. The written grievance shall specify the right claimed to have been violated and state briefly the underlying facts.
Procedure for Grievance Resolution
The Dean of Student Services shall investigate the grievance and WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS FROM THE TIME THE GRIEVANCE WAS SUBMITTED, recommend to the President a disposition of the grievance, except as provided hereinafter:
- in the course of each investigation, the Dean of Student Services shall consult with the director responsible for the area of the college operations in which the grievance arose,
- in the case of a grievance alleging discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, marital status, mental retardation or physical disability, prior conviction of a crime, political beliefs, veteran status, or sexual preference, the Dean of Student Services shall consult with the College’s affirmative action person during the course of the investigation, and
- in the case of a grievance against a Dean, the grievance shall be filed with the President.
The President may accept or reject the recommendation, or direct such further investigation as he or she deems appropriate. The President shall notify the student of the final disposition of the grievance WITHIN FIFTEEN (15) DAYS OF RECEIVING THE RECOMMENDATION, EXCEPT FOR GOOD CAUSE OR AS PROVIDED BELOW.
The President may establish an advisory committee of students and staff which may be charged with the responsibility of making recommendations at either the level of the Dean or the President. The President may appoint and remove members of the committee. IF AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS APPOINTED,THE PRESIDENT SHALL ESTABLISH A REASONABLE TIME FRAME WITHIN WHICH THE COMMITTEE MUST MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS.