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2011-2013 Catalog

Student Grievances

 

The College views certain individual rights as fundamental in its commitment to provide an atmosphere that enhances the opportunities for success of all students. Serious consideration is given in instances where these rights may have been violated.

 

A procedure has been established to address all complaints brought by students alleging discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin, religion, or disability.

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The steps involved in the Student Grievance Procedure are as follows:

1.      The student must file a written complaint with the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his or her designee.

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2.      The Vice President for Academic Affairs or his or her designee will convene the Student Grievance Committee, which consists of two faculty members, two students who are appointed by the president of the Student Government Association with the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his or her designee. If any of the committee members are named in the allegation of discrimination, an alternate member will be appointed. The committee will choose a chairperson from its membership, and the chairperson will vote only in the case of a tie. If a student can present reasons why any regular member would be biased, the chairperson may choose an alternate.

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3.      The student will be notified in writing of the time and place of the formal hearing.

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4.      The Student Grievance Committee will convene for the formal hearing within 20 days following the receipt of the written complaint. The student will testify and may present evidence or call witnesses to support the allegations. No electronic recording or participation is permitted.

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5.      The committee will make a decision based on a majority vote. The decision will be given in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, who will notify the student.

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6.      The student has the right to appeal the decision to the President of the College by submitting a written request within 72 hours.

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7.      The President will act on the request within 10 days. The President may affirm or overrule the decision in its entirety or may affirm or overrule the decision in part. The President may elect to have a hearing to receive oral arguments of the parties prior to rendering a decision. The student will be notified of the decision in writing.

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8.      The student has the right to appeal the decision of the President to the Board of Regents by filing a request in the same manner as required for an appeal to the President. The appeal will be heard in the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Regents.

 

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