Student Complaints & Grievances
It has been the practice of the College to collect student complaints by using the “Ask Thad” Web link, as well as meetings with the students including residence hall council and Student Congress meetings. This policy was created to provide students with a more formal process to express concerns that are tracked through to resolution and comply with 34CFR 602.16(a)(1)(ix).
A complaint should not be confused with a formal grievance or appeal (i.e. Grade Appeals, Discipline Appeal). The College will direct students to the appropriate policy for issues that are not complaints.
Specific Complaints & Grievances
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. All public and private schools, colleges, and universities receiving Federal funds must comply with Title IX. Discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual coercion.
APPEAL OF GRADE
If a student wishes to appeal a grade or academic decision, he/she must first meet with the faculty member to discuss his/her grievance, or with his/her advisor in the case of change of academic status.
ACADEMIC DISMISSAL APPEALS
If a student wishes to appeal an academic dismissal,
APPEAL A DISCIPLINARY SANCTION
A student may appeal a decision in a case for the following reasons (severity of sanctions, due process, or
To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed were appropriate for the violation of policy for which the student was found responsible
To determine presence of any procedural error which substantially affected the outcome of the case
To determine if new information that is discovered which was not available at the time of the investigative process could have affected the outcome of the case.
Process for Appealing
A student wishing to appeal should submit his/her written appeal stating the reasons for such a request to the Director of Student Services within two (2) days of receipt of the original decision. Appeals are due by 4:30 p.m. on the second day following the original decision. Sanctions may be in effect while a case is under appeal. Appeals are heard by the President or his/her designee. The decision of the President are final.
Any questions regarding the approval or implementation of accommodations should be discussed with the Disabilities Coordinator. Any issues will be resolved through discussion among the instructor, Disabilities Coordinator, student, and if necessary the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Security personnel can respond most quickly and will initiate emergency procedures by dispatching emergency responderse and contacting the administrators.
The College’s non‐discrimination policy states that Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology will not discriminate in its educational programs or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.