Due Process/Grievance Procedures
The following procedure may be followed in a case where a student with a grievance relating to academic work and standards appeals for review.
- The student must first consult with the Faculty member involved. Most cases should be resolved at this level.
- A student who chooses to appeal the matter further may bring it to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. If the complaint is lodged against the Vice President, the President receives the appeal.
- If the matter is not resolved by the Vice President, the student may appeal in writing to the Appeals Committee, which shall consist of the Vice President, two Faculty members (but not to include the Faculty member involved in the complaint), the President of the Student Advocacy Council and an additional student from the Student Advocacy Council chosen by the Council President. The Committee shall by majority vote (by secret ballot) arrive at a recommendation, to be presented in writing to the student and the Faculty member involved. Any decision made by the Grievance Committee will be binding on both parties.
Non Academic Grievances:
The following procedure may be followed in a case where a student with a grievance relating to a non academic aspect of student life appeals for a review.
- The student must first consult with one of their Student Advocacy officers. Most cases should be resolved at this level.
- If the matter remains unresolved, the student may bring his/her appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
- If further appeal is still necessary, the student may appeal in writing to the Ad Hoc Student Grievance Committee, which will meet for the purpose of hearing the grievance. Members of the Committee include: the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Student Advocacy President, a Student Advocacy member, and two students at large. After hearing testimony from all parties involved, the Committee shall arrive at a recommendation by majority vote. The recommendation will be presented in writing to the student, all the parties involved, the President’s Cabinet, and to the President of the Seminary, who makes the final decision.