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2017-2018 CIU Student Handbook


procedure does not apply to academic decisions (see Academic Matters above).

A grievance

should be submitted when a student believes he/she has been

mistreated by a CIU faculty or staff member. The grievance process is described

as follows:

Step 1:

After submitting a written grievance, the student should formally discuss

the matter with the individual or office involved. If a student believes Step 1 is

especially daunting or inappropriate given the situation, he or she may proceed

to Step 2. This procedure should not be followed in the case of a disciplinary

appeal. Please refer to the disciplinary appeal process stated earlier in the student


After a discussion with the individual or office involved, if the student feels the

situation has not been resolved satisfactorily, Step 2 of this process may be taken:

Step 2:

Once a student has addressed the individual or office involved, the student

may direct a letter explaining the grievance to the supervisor of the person or

office involved. If unknown, Student Life should be contacted for the name of the

appropriate person to address. The student should submit the letter in writing

within three days of receiving information identifying the contact person.

After submitting a letter, the student may request a meeting to present a verbal

statement, bring witnesses and evidence, and to answer questions. In addition, the

student may request a neutral observer (only) who is a current CIU student to join

him/her at this meeting. Neither the student nor the observer will be allowed to be

present during the decision process. Following the discussion and decision, the

appropriate university representative will provide a written response to the student

outlining the decision within five business days.

Step 3:

If this response does not resolve the issue, the grievance may continue

through the following process in order:


Dean of Student Life

Ext. 5234 (Student Center)



Ext. 5027 (Administration Building)

In each instance the student with the grievance should contact the next office within

three business days of notification from the previous office. The CIU official will reply

back within five business days of notification from the student filing the grievance.

* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

is a federal civil rights law that

prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities.

Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or

sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

According to Title IX, the perceived perpetrator may be any member of the CIU

community, current student or employee, male or female. If a student, male or

female, believes that he/she has been a victim of discrimination on the basis of

sex, it should be immediately reported to the dean of Student Life.

Title IX Compliance Statement

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

protects individuals from

discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity operated by

recipients of federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment, which includes acts

of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.