Quinnipiac University Grievance Policy
The Quinnipiac University Grievance Policy is an umbrella policy to cover any type of grievance that is not considered under a separately defined policy. Redress for any grievances covered by the following policies must be pursued according to the procedures specified in those policies.
- Appeal of an academic suspension or academic dismissal from the university
- Appeal of an academic suspension or academic dismissal from an individual degree program (individual program requirements as stated in the University Catalog)
- Appeal of a final grade
- Appeal of an academic integrity sanction (Student Handbook)
- FERPA complaints (Student Handbook)
- Appeal of a student conduct sanction (Student Handbook)
- Appeal of the decision to return after a mandatory medical leave of absence (Student Handbook)
- Grievance procedure for issues regarding disabilities (Student Handbook)
- Complaints of inappropriate noise (Student Handbook)
- Title IX Discrimination and Harassment—Grievance Procedures for Students (Title IX Policy)
- Financial aid appeal (financial aid website)
When a student has a complaint not covered by one of the above policies and procedures, he or she is encouraged to discuss the matter first with the parties involved. If the matter cannot be resolved informally at this level, then the student may file a written, formal complaint according to the following procedures.
A student grievance originating in any of the school or administrative units is handled by the chair or director responsible for the unit in which the grievance originates. Therefore, the written formal complaint should be submitted to the responsible chair or director within five business days of the failed attempt at an informal resolution. The chair or director should make a decision regarding the grievance within 10 business days of receiving the written complaint. A written appeal may be submitted within five business days either to the school dean exercising jurisdiction over that academic department or to the vice president/dean of students or designee for nonacademic matters. The dean will inform the student within 10 business days of his or her decision. The dean’s decision is the final decision.