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2. Upon recommendation of the Vice President, a student may be suspended further for up to a total of three (3) days for a violation of student conduct standards. IX. Miscellaneous A. In the event any portion of this policy conflicts with the laws of Iowa or of the United States, those laws shall be followed. B. Words and phrases herein shall be construed as in the singular or plural number, and as masculine, feminine or neuter gender, according to the context. STUDENT RIGHTS ______________________________________________________ Student Grievance Procedure If you have a grievance because of a grade received, academic related problem, or other grievable situation, you may follow a step-by-step process that could include the instructor, Program Director, Academic Dean, a Vice President and the President. The President shall serve as the final arbiter. Definition—working day: any day when the Administrative Offices are open. LEVEL I—Instructor A student with a grievance should first discuss it with his/her instructor in an effort to resolve the problem. LEVEL II—Program Director When the grievance is not resolved at Level I, the student should discuss it with the Program Director (where applicable) with the objective of resolving the grievance informally. LEVEL III—Academic Dean When the grievance is not resolved at Level II, the student should discuss it with his/her Academic Dean with the objective of resolving the grievance informally. LEVEL IV—Vice President When the grievance is not resolved at Level III and the student wishes to pursue the grievance, the student shall file a formal complaint in writing and submit the written grievance to the appropriate Vice President. Grievances concerning grades, or other academic-related issues, shall be submitted to the Vice President of Student & Academic Services. Grievances concerning billing or other financial arrangements shall be submitted to the Vice President of College Operations and Finance. The filing of the formal, written complaint at Level IV must be within fifteen (15) working days from date of the event giving rise to the grievance or from the date the grievant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence. The grievant may request that a meeting concerning the complaint be held with the Vice President. A minor student may be accompanied at the meeting by a parent or guardian. The Vice President shall investigate the grievance and attempt to resolve it. A written report from the Vice President regarding action taken will be sent within fifteen (15) working days after receiving the formal complaint. LEVEL V—President When the grievance is not resolved at Level IV, the grievant may process it to Level V by presenting a written appeal to the President of the College within ten (10) working days from the date the grievant receives the report from the Vice President. Within fifteen (15) working days after receiving the written grievance, the President will render a written decision. The decision of the President is final. This procedure in no way denies the right of the grievant to file formal complaints with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, other agencies available for mediation or recertification of affirmative action grievances, or to seek private counsel for complaints alleging discrimination. Sexual Misconduct Procedures The following procedures and processes shall be followed in cases of Sexual Misconduct, as defined under Board Policies 477 and 577. Confidentiality The College is committed to creating an environment in which those who have experienced Sexual Misconduct are encouraged to come forward, while also protecting the privacy of all involved in an investigation. It is important that those reporting Sexual Misconduct understand the limits on confidentiality of the individual who they may contact for such assistance. Different people, depending on their positions, have different obligations with regard to confidentiality. Under Iowa law, communications with some individuals are confidential. Those who want to maintain confidentiality should always confirm whether confidentiality applies to the communication before they make the communication. Generally, confidentiality applies when seeking outside services from the following persons: • Trained and statutorily certified victim’s advocates; • Licensed psychological counselors or health care providers; • A personal attorney representing the victim; and/or a • Religious/spiritual counselor. College employees cannot guarantee complete confidentiality. The College may have an independent obligation to report or investigate potential Sexual Misconduct, even if a complainant does not wish to initiate an official process. Therefore, absolute confidentiality cannot be promised with respect to a complaint of Sexual Misconduct or retaliation received by a non-confidential College employee. However, complaints about violations of this Policy will be handled in strict confidence, with personally identifiable information protected and information made available only to those who need to know in order for the College to promptly and thoroughly investigate and resolve the matter. The College must balance the needs of individual students with its obligation to protect the safety and well-being of the community at large. The College will also keep personally identifiable information out of public recordkeeping, including the College’s Annual Security Report of Crime Statistics under the Clery Act. 37 College Information


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