It is assumed that the entry of a student into Imperial Valley College constitutes the student's acceptance of the Standards of Student Conduct and the regulations published by the college.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees 11/15/95
The purpose of these procedures is to provide a prompt and equitable means for resolving student complaints. A complaint is defined as an actual or supposed circumstance that adversely affects the grades, status, or rights of a student. Complaints concerning course grades are permitted to the extent that such complaints allege mistake, fraud, bad faith or incompetence as set out in Education Code Section 76224(a).
A student who contends that he/she has been treated unfairly has the right without fear of reprisal to right an alleged wrong. This complaint policy applies to unfairness as it relates to areas such as but not limited to:
This policy does not apply to:
A complaint must be initiated within twenty (20) instructional days of the alleged act or decision. If the alleged circumstance or act occurs during the last twenty (20) instructional days of the Spring semester, the complaint must be made prior to the end of the third Friday of the Fall semester.
Discuss the problem with the individual involved or his/her counselor.
If a mutually satisfactory understanding has not been reached with the other person, the student may, within five (5) instructional days, present the complaint to the immediate supervisor.
If an informal resolution does not occur within ten (10) instructional days of the supervisor's response, a student may submit a complaint form (form may be found at the back of the handbook) to the Vice President for Academic Services regarding academic matters or the Dean of Student Affairs & Enrollment Services regarding non-academic matters.
The Vice President for Academic Services or the Dean of Student Affairs & Enrollment Services will respond in writing to the complaint within ten (10) instructional days of receipt of complaint.
Students' Complaint forms are available from:
If a student is not satisfied with the decision made by the Vice President for Academic Services or the Vice President for Student Services or the Dean of Student Affairs & Enrollment Services, a student may request a hearing within five (5) instructional days of that decision.
Academic matters will be heard by the Admissions, Petitions and Registration Committee. Non-Academic Matters will be heard by the Student Affairs Committee.
A REQUEST FOR A HEARING SHALL BE FILED NO LATER THAN THIRTY (30) INSTRUCTIONAL DAYS FOLLOWING THE INITIATION OF THE COMPLAINT (STEP 2). IF A COMPLAINT IS FILED WITHIN THE LAST THIRTY (30) INSTRUCTIONAL DAYS OF THE SEMESTER THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE MAY DELAY ANY FURTHER ACTION ON THE COMPLAINT UNTIL THE NEXT SEMESTER.
Any committee member who has a direct involvement with the complaint shall be excluded from reviewing that complaint or participating in any manner in the determination of the ultimate outcome of that complaint.
If the student desires to appeal the Hearing Committee's recommendation, this appeal must be made in writing directly to the President/Superintendent within five (5) instructional days of the hearing.
The President/Superintendent may approve, reject or modify the Hearing Committee's recommendation within five (5) instructional days after the appeal is received.
If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the President/Superintendent, he/she may make a final appeal to the Board of Trustees.
In order for this appeal to be placed on the Board agenda, a request must be submitted at least ten (10) instructional days prior to the next Board meeting. The Board shall then notify the student(s) of its decision within five (5) instructional days of the meeting.
A "Student" is a person enrolled at Imperial Valley College within 30 days of the alleged act or decision.
"Instructional days" are those days when the college is in session and classes are being held, excluding Saturdays and Sundays.
If your complaint cannot be resolved at the campus level, you may present your issues to Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges or to the California Community College Chancellor's Office at: http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/ComplaintsForm.aspx
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