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Membership of the Grievance Committee
The committee includes three professors from different academic areas with one specified to the chair and two
senior students with grade point averages of at least 3.00. The chair of the committee will schedule meetings and
preside during deliberations.
Neither the professor nor the student will have counsel at the meetings.
Duties of the Grievance Committee
The grievance committee will review the materials submitted by both the student and the professor before the
formal meeting and convene at a time convenient for all involved for the purpose of hearing the two individuals
present their cases. The committee will then convene in an executive session to reach a decision in the matter. The
chair of the committee will inform in writing the student, the faculty member, and the vice president for academic
affairs of the decision of the committee. If a grade is to be changed, the vice president for academic affairs will see
that the proper forms are filled out in the Office of the Registrar.
The ruling of this committee is final.
Procedures for Handling Student Grievances (other than grades) With Fellow Students,
Faculty, or Staff
A written grievance should be submitted to the Office of Student Development. The dean of students or
designated official will discuss the grievance with the parties involved and bring suggested resolutions to the
person lodging the grievance.
Should satisfactory resolution of the issue be impossible at this level, the dean, in conjunction with the vice
president for student development, will appoint a committee (which will include a student) to develop a
recommendation for a solution.
Freedom of Association
Students bring to the campus a variety of interests, and they develop many new interests as members of the
university community. Students are free to join campus organizations that will promote their common interests.
Limitations to the above statement include the following:
The organization, if it is a formal, ongoing structure, must be duly chartered and recognized by the
appropriate university body(ies).
The organization must be duly sponsored in accordance with university policy.
The student wishing to associate with a campus organization must meet the academic, disciplinary, and
other qualifications required for joining the organization.
Freedom of Inquiry and Expression
Students and student organizations are free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to
express opinions publicly and privately. They will be free to support causes by orderly means which do not disrupt
the regular and essential operation of the university and do not violate the values and standards of behavior
articulated in the disciplinary code. The university and the larger community should understand that the public
expressions of students or student organizations reflect their own personal views.
Student Participation in Institutional Government
As constituents of the academic community, students are free, individually and collectively, to express their views
on issues of institutional policy and/or matters of general interest to the student body. Students are represented
on most faculty committees through student members of the committees. These students are voting members of
the committees. The students are directly represented in the governance of the campus by the Student Congress.