STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES
Formal Grievance Hearing
The College President shall establish annually a standing panel from which one or more Formal
Grievance Hearing Committees may be appointed. The panel shall consist of a
- Five (5) students recommended by the Associated Student
- Five (5) faculty members recommended by the Academic Senate
Five (5) administrators, supervisors, or staff selected by the
The College President
shall appoint a Formal Grievance Hearing Committee from the standing panel.
The College President shall ensure that these Committee members have no
possible conflict of interest in hearing the grievance. The Committee shall
include two (2) students, two (2) faculty members, and one (1) College
administrator, supervisor, or staff member selected from the panel described
The Formal Grievance
Hearing Committee shall select a chairperson from among its members.
Once a Formal Grievance
Hearing has commenced, only those Committee members present throughout the
hearing may vote on the recommendation.
No person shall serve as a
member of the Formal Grievance Hearing Committee if that person has been
personally involved in any matter giving rise to the grievance, has made any
public statement on the matters at issue, or could otherwise not act in a
neutral manner. The grievant(s) or the respondent(s) may challenge for cause
any member of the Formal Grievance Hearing Committee prior to the beginning
of the Hearing by addressing a challenge, in writing, to the College
President, who shall determine whether cause for disqualification has been
shown. If the College President believes that sufficient grounds for removal
of a member of the Formal Grievance Hearing Committee have been presented,
the College President shall remove the challenged member or members and
replace them with another member or members from the standing panel.
Within ten (10) days
following receipt of the Formal Grievance Hearing Request Form, the Formal
Grievance Hearing Committee shall meet to select a chairperson and to
determine whether the Formal Grievance Hearing Request fulfills all
of the following requirements:
The request contains facts/documentation, which, if true,
would constitute a grievance;
The grievant is a student as defined in these procedures,
which includes applicants and former students;
The grievant is personally and directly affected by the
The grievant conformed with the grievance procedures and the
grievance was filed in a timely manner;
The grievance is not clearly frivolous or without foundation,
or not clearly filed for purposes of harassment.
If the Formal Grievance
Hearing Committee rejects the request of a Formal Grievance Hearing, the
grievant and the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs shall be notified in
writing, within five (5) days, by the Committee's Chairperson. The specific
reason(s) for rejection and the appeal process outlined in this document
shall be included in this notification.
If the grievant(s) is
dissatisfied with the decision of the Formal Grievance Hearing Committee not
to grant a Formal Grievance Hearing, a written appeal may be filed with the
Grievance Council within five (5) days after receipt of the Formal Grievance
Hearing Committee's decision. The Grievance Council's decision on the appeal
If the request for a Formal Grievance
Hearing satisfies all of the requirements listed above, the Committee
Chairperson shall notify the grievant and the Associate Dean of
Student Affairs, in writing, within five (5) days.
The Associate Dean of
Student Affairs shall schedule a Formal Grievance Hearing which shall
commence within ten (10) days following the decision to grant a Formal
Grievance Hearing. All parties to the grievance shall be given no less than
five (5) days notice of the date, time, and place of the hearing.
The student may represent
him or herself or may be assisted by another person except that an attorney
shall not represent him or her.