Due Process/Grievance Procedures
A graduate student with a complaint relating to academic work may appeal for review according to the following procedure:
- 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 Academic Dean. The complaint should be in writing when the student meets with the Academic Dean.
- If the matter is not resolved by this administrator, the student may appeal in writing to an ad hoc Grievance Committee, which shall consist of the Academic Dean, two Faculty members (not to include the Faculty member involved in the complaint), the President of the Student Advocacy Council and an additional student representative from the Student Advocacy Council chosen by the Council President. The committee shall by a 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.
The time limit for filing an Academic Grievance is 12 months from the term in which the incident occurred.
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 Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Life.
- 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 Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Life, 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.
To appeal the outcome of the institutional process for handling complaints regarding Distance Education issues (except for complaints about grades or student conduct violations) students may contact the SARA State Portal Entity within two years of the incident.
SARA State Portal Entity
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12234