Students may seek
redress through the formal grievance procedure when they believe that
their individual rights, or rights to due process (as provided for by
College policies, state laws and/or federal laws) have been denied them.
Specific guidelines and forms for filing grievances may be obtained from
the Office of the Vice President of Student Services.
Grievance: Non-Civil Rights (§5350)
grievance may arise from a decision or action that has an adverse effect
on a student with respect to his/her individual rights. It may arise when
a student believes he/she has been denied rights and/or due process as
stipulated by college policies, regulations and/or state or federal laws.
of the District's current procedures on "Student Grievances:
Non-Civil Rights (§5350) are available free, upon request, from the
Student Development Office (Room 1409), the Vice President of Student
Services Office (Room 144), and the Counseling Office (Building 100).
These procedures include specific, step-by-step actions that must be
followed to register a grievance, describe the hearing process, and
establish the time limits under which these procedures operate.
Except in the cases of mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetency,
a grade assigned by an instructor is not a grievable issue as described by
the California Education Code (Section 76224): “. . .when grades are
given for any course of instruction taught in a community college
district, the grade given to each student shall be the grade determined by
the instructor of the course and the determination of the student’s
grade by the instructor, and in the absence of mistake, fraud, bad faith,
or incompetency, shall be final.”
Sexual harassment is prohibited by law and by College policy (Board
Policies §4270 and §4285). Sexual harassment is defined as
"unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other
verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
happens to both men and women. In determining whether conduct constitutes
sexual harassment, the circumstances surrounding the conduct should be
considered. Sexual harassment may include one or more of the following:
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