Standards, Petitions and Appeals

Academic Grievances

Faculty is responsible for classroom management, teaching strategies, testing, and evaluation of student performance. At academic institutions, conflicts may develop within the educational process that requires academic intervention using the Academic Grievance process.

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Academic Grievance Process

Academic Grievance Process

  1. If a situation occurs in which a student believes that he or she has been treated unfairly by an instructor, the student should schedule a conference with the instructor in an attempt to resolve the problem within 10 days of the incident.

  2. An Academic Grievance should be completed to document the incident. An Academic Grievance submitted online will be received in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Success. VPAS staff will review the grievance and forward it to the department chair to ensure grievance procedures are followed.

  3. If, after a conference with the instructor, the student believes that the matter is unresolved, he or she may consult with the department chairperson within 5 days of the student's conference with the instructor.

  4. The chairperson will individually and separately hear the grievance from the student and the instructor. After hearing both sides, the chairperson may request that the student and the instructor meet the chairperson in order to reach an acceptable solution.

  5. If an agreement is not reached, the chairperson will affirm or deny the grievance within 5 days. If the decision is to affirm the instructor's position, the student may then appeal to the dean. If the decision is to affirm the student grievance and to recommend that the instructor reverse his or her decision, the chairperson must meet with the instructor and provide a written explanation. To affirm a student grievance, the chairperson must have an adequate cause.
  6. If either the student or the instructor is not satisfied with the chairperson's decision, he or she may appeal to the appropriate academic dean within 5 days of the chairperson's decision. A complete record will be forwarded to the dean by the chairperson. The dean and the chairperson will meet with the student and the instructor. After hearing both sides and reviewing the record the dean will render a decision in writing, affirming or denying the grievance within 5 days.

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Academic Integrity Appeal Process

If a faculty member finds that a student is in possible violation of the academic standards of the Student Code of Conduct (see F.4.2.2,“Academic Integrity Violations”), the faculty member shall document the act, completing the Academic Integrity Report Form and attach relevant evidence. The faculty member shall notify the student and explain the procedures and possible penalties.

Academic Integrity Policy: F.4.2 (Policy) Student Code of Conduct – Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity Procedure: F.4.2.2 (Procedure) Academic Integrity Disciplinary and Appeal Process

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Incident Reporting Form

This form is to be used for NON-EMERGENCY reporting on the Student Code of Conduct and SOBI concerns. For emergencies–call 911.

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Non-Academic Grievance Policy

The Alamo Colleges acknowledge the possibility that incidents may occur outside the academic setting that might result in a student feeling he/she is the object of unjust treatment by a college official.

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Strategies of Behavioral Intervention (SOBI)

The Strategies of Behavioral Intervention (SOBI) policy at the Alamo Colleges was created to guide our College community to recognize, prevent and respond to incidents that are disruptive, threatening or violent.

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Student Handbook

Student policies can be found in the Student Handbook, which is designed to answer questions students ask most frequently about services, programs, expectations, and procedures. The handbook is available online.

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