Any student who feels that his/her rights have been violated may file a grievance following the procedure below. In the case of a grievance alleging discrimination based on race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or veteran status, the student may also report the conduct to the NCC Equity Committee and/or Title IX Coordinator. In the case of a grievance alleging discrimination, the college may also initiate an investigation and take appropriate steps including, but not limited to, referring the matter to the appropriate College Official for disciplinary action.
- Prior to filing a grievance, the student is encouraged to meet with the individual who has allegedly violated his or her rights, e.g., instructor, staff member, or student, to resolve the issue informally.
- If the issue cannot be resolved by pursuing the process in step A, or the individual elects not to resolve the matter informally as prescribed in step A, a formal grievance in writing must be submitted to:
- The Vice President of Academic Affairs for grievances related to the instructional process (see college catalog or student handbook for separate process for Grade Change/Grade Appeal), or:
- The Vice President of Student and Community Affairs for grievances not related to the instructional process
The grievance must be submitted within two weeks of the date the grievant knew or reasonably should have known, of the alleged violation. The grievance shall specify the right claimed to have been violated and state briefly the underlying facts.
- The Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) or Student and Community Affairs (VPSCA), or designee, will meet with the individual alleged to have violated the student’s rights. The VPAA/VPSCA, or designee, may attempt to resolve the issue informally at this stage. If resolution is not possible and the VPAA/VPSCA or designee determines that the grievance alleges facts which if true constitute a violation of the student’s rights and has been timely filed, the matter will be forwarded to the Judicial Advisor who convene the Judicial Committee within two weeks of the receipt of the formal grievance. If the VPAA/VPSCA or designee determines that the grievance does not state a violation of the student’s rights or is untimely, the VPAA/VPSCA will provide a written explanation to the student and the matter will be considered resolved at that point.