Grievances And Rights Of Appeal Procedures

Students having grievances should pursue one of the two following courses of action, which are patterned after biblical expectations.

1. Policy Grievances

Students aggrieved by a decision of a seminary committee or one of the seminary offices in their application of seminary policy shall first take up the matter with the committee or office involved. A grievance is legitimate only when a student is personally the object of such a decision or action.

If satisfactory resolution is not achieved, the student should seek the counsel of the dean of students and a member of Student Senate. If they concur that the grievance is valid, they will join the student in a second appeal to the committee or office. If satisfaction is not reached by this means, appeal by the student shall be to the administrative committee of the seminary, after notice has been given to the committee or office; the faculty must ratify the decision of the administrative committee. If this process fails to resolve the matter, the student may appeal to the board of trustees, but only after giving written notice and a copy of all materials involved to the seminary vice president for administration.

2. Classroom and Personal Grievances

Students with a complaint against a seminary professor or staff person concerning conduct of their responsibilities shall first raise the matter with the professor or staff person. If satisfactory understanding or resolution of the matter is not achieved, students shall seek the counsel of the seminary vice president for administration. If the vice president for administration’s disposition of the matter does not satisfy students, they may appeal to the board. Such appeal may occur only after giving written notice and a copy of all materials involved to the seminary vice president for administration.

If difficulties between students cannot be amicably resolved by the persons concerned, the dean of students shall seek to settle them. Appeal from the dean’s decision may be made to the vice president for administration, after written notice has been given to the dean. Students may appeal the vice president for administration’s disposition of the matter to the board, but only after giving written notice and a copy of all materials involved to the seminary vice president for administration.