Grievance Filing Rights

A student, faculty, or staff member of the university may file a grievance regarding the actions of an employee of the university or the actions of another student. There is a separate process listed for each situation below.

Note: Sexual assault report procedures are explained in the ‘Sexual Misconduct Guide‘ section of the student handbook.

Grievance Regarding A Student:

Grievances may be filed regarding a student in situations, such as, but not limited to:

A student, faculty, or staff member of the university perceives that a student violated a policy, as referenced in the policies and expectations section of the handbook.

Step 1

The student, faculty, or staff member of the university should submit an Incident Report form regarding the situation to the Office of the Dean of Students. An incident report form may be obtained by the link provided above or from the Office of the Dean of Students.

Step 2

The Associate Dean of Students or other hearing officer will review the report and determine the appropriate course of action, including but not limited to; conduct adjudication, informal resolution, or no action. Note: If a hearing officer chooses to not pursue the incident through the student conduct process, yet the person who filed the report feels that it ought to be, concerns may be addressed through the Office of the Dean of Students.

Step 3

If the documented situation is pursued through the student conduct process or informally, the person who filed the report may be required to be involved in the process; such as meeting with a hearing officer, attending a hearing, meeting with all parties involved in the alleged incident, etc.

Submitting an incident report to the Office of the Dean of Students does not require that the person who submitted the report continue with the incident through the student conduct process. If after discussing the situation with a hearing officer the person decides that he/she no longer wishes to have the incident dealt with through the student conduct process the options of what can follow will be discussed.

Grievance Regarding a University Employee (non-student):

Grievances may be filed regarding an employee of the university in situations such as but not limited to:

  1. A student believes his or her rights, as described in the rights of students section of the student handbook, have been violated.
  2. Situations involving academic performance, personal conduct, employment, sexual harassment, or alleged discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, veteran status, or handicap.

Students may file a grievance regarding an employee of the university with the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs or the Dean of Students. The student will then be advised on appropriate informal/formal courses of action and resolution.

A Grievance Report form may be obtained by the link provided or from the Office of the Dean of Students.