BHSU has established the following procedure to review student allegations that an academic evaluation was tainted by prejudiced or capricious consideration of student opinions or conduct unrelated to academic standards. This process shall prohibit retaliation against persons who initiate appeals or who participate in the review of appeals. All parties will adhere to the provisions for confidentiality required in such a process.
Step 1 -- The student should first attempt to resolve the problem with the instructor involved.
Step 2 -- If the problem is not resolved by the action taken in Step 1, the grievant must present a written grievance at the lowest administrative level having authority to dispose of the grievance (usually the department chair). The grievance must be filed within 10 working days of the date on which the incident, situation, or circumstance occurred. The administrator upon receiving the grievance will investigate the matter in a thorough and appropriate manner and respond to the grievant within 10 working days.
Step 3 -- If the grievance is not resolved at Step 2, the grievant may formally grieve to the administrator at the next level (usually the college dean). That administrator will conduct an appropriate and thorough investigation of the alleged incident, situation, or circumstance, and prepare a decision on the grievance within 15 working days of the date of receipt of the Step 3 grievance. The grievant may be notified in person or by certified mail regarding this decision.
Step 4 -- If the grievance is not resolved at Step 3, the grievant may formally grieve to the BHSU Academic Standards Committee within 10 working days of the notification to the student as to the decision rendered in the previous step. The Committee will conduct an appropriate and thorough investigation of the alleged incident, situation, or circumstance and prepare a recommendation for the Vice President of Academic Affairs within 20 working days of the receipt of the Step 4 grievance. Within twenty days after the recommendation, the Vice President for Academic Affairs shall notify the grievant in person or by certified mail regarding his/her decision. Adopted by BHSU 6-7-2006; and Amended 7-27-06.