Name: Student Complaints and Grievances Policy
Effective Date: May 13, 2022
Next Review Date: AY 2026–2027
Part 1. Policy Background
In accordance with MinnState Board Policy 3.8, students have the right to learn. If a situation on campus is preventing students from learning, they have the right to complain. The Student Complaints and Grievance Procedure is used in cases that are not related to discrimination or final course grade appeal. Students may bring their complaints directly to the employee, the employee’s supervisor, or through the NHCC Website Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution form.
Part 2. Definitions
Subpart A. Complaint
A verbal or written statement claiming that a student has been treated unfairly or arbitrarily by a college employee.
Subpart B. Grievance
A written statement claiming that a student has been treated improperly, unfairly, or arbitrarily by an employee in violation of a board policy, system procedure, or NHCC policy or procedure.
Subpart C. Retaliation
Retribution taken against a student for participating or not participating in a complaint or grievance. Retaliation of any kind is prohibited.
Subpart D. Student
Any person(s) enrolled in the college.
Part 4. Campus Review
|Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Review:||4/25/2022—4/29/2022|
|Campus Community Review Period:||3/7/2022—3/23/2022|
|Shared Governance Council Review:||4/15/2022|
|Student Senate Review:||4/21/2022|
|President Rolando Garcia Approval:||5/13/2022|
|Campus Community Dissemination:||5/23/2022|
- Reviewed and updated Fall 2011, Signed by President 12/5/2011
- Reviewed Fall 2020 with minor language changes to embrace an equity focus; tabled 11/10/2020 to revisit Spring 2021 to better address racial inequities
- Reviewed Fall 2021—Spring 2022 to increase clarity around how this policy interacts with other appeals