Policy No. 2:02:10:01

CLEVELAND STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Cleveland, Tennessee

SUBJECT:  Grievance Procedures for Complaints Relative to Discrimination on the Basis of Sex in Educational Programs and Activities

  1. Purpose
    The purpose of these procedures is to provide a basis for uniform procedures to be used by Cleveland State Community College for processing complaints relative to discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities and to insure prompt and equitable resolution of student complaints.
  2. Scope
    These procedures are applicable in cases involving any enrolled student or applicant for admission to Cleveland State Community College who believes he/she has been discriminated against in an educational program or activity because of race, color, religious views, veteran status, political affiliation, gender, age, national origin, orientation or disability.  Educational programs or activities include but are not limited to the following:
    • Recruitment and admission;
    • Academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, health-related training, and other educational programs;
    • Rules on student life activities;
    • Facilities;
    • Access to course offerings;
    • Counseling;
    • Financial assistance;
    • Employment assistance;
    • Health and insurance benefits and services;
    • Rules on marital or parental status; and
    • Athletics.
  3. Preliminary Action
    A complainant should first discuss the problem with the instructor, advisor and/or appropriate staff member who will give consideration to the complaint and give an answer to the complainant.  Should the complainant not be satisfied with the action taken, the appropriate vice-president should be contacted.
  4. Processing of the Complaint
    In the event the complainant is not satisfied with the action taken by the appropriate vice-president, the complainant may, within 10 days from the date of the action taken by the appropriate vice-president, file a written complaint with the Cleveland State Community College Grievance Committee.  All complaints must be in writing and must set forth the specifics of the complaint and actions taken to this point.
  5. Committee Hearing
    1. The Grievance Committee will afford every complainant a hearing within 10 days of receipt of complaint by the Grievance Committee.
    2. The following minimal procedures will be observed:
      1. Complainant will be advised of the time and place of the hearing.
      2. Complainant will be advised of the following rights:
        1. The right to present his/her case
        2. The right to be accompanied by an advisor of his/her choice
        3. The right to call witnesses in his/her behalf
        4. The right to confront adverse witnesses
    3. The complainant should be advised of the method of appeal.
      The Grievance Committee will make findings and recommendations to the President.
      Complainant will be advised of the President's decision within five (5) working days after receiving the recommendations of the committee.
  6. Appeal
    If the complainant is not satisfied with the findings of the President and should desire further consideration of the complaint, complainant may file an appeal in writing in accordance with TBR Policy 1:02:11:00 to the Chancellor of the Board of Regents of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee within twenty calendar days following the decision of the President and shall state the decision complained of and the redress desired.
    Board policy provides that the Chancellor shall review the decision of the President and that if the complainant is dissatisfied with the decision of the Chancellor, complainant may appeal in writing to the Secretary of the Board of Regents twenty calendar days following the decision of the Chancellor and shall state the decision complained of and the redress desired.

The decision of the Board or of a committee of the Board is final and binding for all purposes.

Source:  Executive Board Minutes, April 23, 1979        

Revised:  December 1, 1992, March 3, 1995