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STUDENT
STUDENT WELFARE
FREEDOM FROM DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND RETALIATION
STUDENT DISCRIMINATION GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

Procedure


STUDENT DISCRIMINATION GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE


Any student who believes he/she has been discriminated against by college personnel for any reason, including discrimination on the basis of sex, color, national origin, age, or handicap, has the right to expect due diligence and should contact the office of the Vice President of Student Services within ten business days of the initial concern.  The office of the Vice President of Student Services will receive the student’s complaint and may attempt to reconcile the matter if the complainant is agreeable. If the Vice President of Student Services determines that the complaint should be addressed by a more appropriate chain of authority (e.g., academic or departmental) or through the Student Grievance Procedures, the Vice President will refer the student to the most appropriate channel for due process.  If at this time the complaint is not resolved and if no other procedure is deemed appropriate for the student’s concern, the following steps will ensue.

The Vice President of Student Services will assist the student by providing a form for the student to document the issue.  Documentation must be submitted within two business days of the student’s receipt of the grievance form.

After documentation is completed, the office of the Vice President of Student Services will provide a copy of this information to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Vice President for Academic Affairs may collect and review salient points related to the issue or he/she may appoint a committee that serves as a recommending body to the Vice President for Academic Affairs to assist him/her in this matter.  If a committee is convened, members will include a staff chairperson, a faculty member, an administrator, a member from student services, and a student. The purpose of the review will be to determine if discrimination is more likely than not to have occurred.

After review, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will render a judgment with the basis for that judgment to be communicated in written form to the complainant. The judgment will be forwarded to the Vice President of Student Services.

If the complainant agrees with the decision, either the Vice President of Student Services (for a student accused) or the Vice President of Human Resources (for personnel accused) will, in the case where there was discrimination, seek appropriate redress.  The complainant, when not satisfied with the decision, may appeal the judgment to the District President within two business days of receipt of the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ (or the committee’s) letter.

The District President will review the data and judgment rendered, make his/her own inquiries, including interviewing the complainant.  After due study, a judgment will be decided. The District President’s judgment will represent the final institutional decision.  Only in the Student Discrimination Grievance will the District President make such a final decision.  In all other student complaint procedures, the role of the District President is not to decide the case or appeal thereof, but merely to determine whether the administrative chain of command has adhered to Navarro College procedures.


Date Issued: January 22, 2015
Revised: February 6, 2018

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