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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

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Student Academic Grievance Policy

May, 2003

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  1. The grievance policy of the College of Education follows the procedures set forth in the Carolina Community Student Handbook and Policy Guide as well as those applicable guidelines found in the Faculty Manual.


  2. The basis of a student academic grievance shall be an alleged violation of the Teaching Responsibility policies as contained in the Faculty Manual or an alleged violation of the policies contained in Protection of Free Expression and/or Protection Against Improper Disclosure sections as found in the Carolina Community Student Handbook and Policy Guide. A student academic grievance is not considered to extend to matters of grading student work where the substance of the complaint is simply the student's disagreement with the mark or grade placed on his or her work. Such matters are to be discussed by a student and the teacher; final authority shall remain with the teacher.


  3. A student who wishes to bring an academic grievance within the College should first seek resolution with the faculty member in question. If no satisfactory resolution is achieved, the student may pursue the matter further with the department chair. If not satisfied, the student may seek resolution with the Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, the designated person in the Dean's Office to hear such concerns. The student's appeal to the Associate Dean must be in writing as directed by the Associate Dean's Office (i.e. specifications for electronic or paper submission may be required).


  4. The Grievance Committee will hear the complaint only after the administrative procedures outlined in paragraph III have been exhausted and upon request from the student or faculty member concerned. The request must be submitted in writing through the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs. The Committee will be comprised of at least three members of the College Student Affairs Committee and one undergraduate student in the case of a grievance brought by an undergraduate student or one graduate student in the case of a graduate student grievance. The students will be selected by the College of Education Steering Committee as outlined in the College by-laws.


  5. In accordance with the Carolina Community: Student Handbook and Policy Guide , the Dean of the College will not serve on the Grievance Committee.


  6. The Committee will follow specific procedures for the hearing that have been approved by the Student Affairs Committee.


  7. A faculty member who feels that he or she has been aggrieved as a result of the student grievance proceeding has the right to appear before a Faculty Grievance committee to present his or her case.

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