Discrimination: Discrimination is based on inequitable treatment of individuals. The University prohibits discrimination of its employees or students that is related to the individual’s race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, or military service. Title IX covers sexual discrimination at the link above.
Harassment: Harassment includes, but is not limited to, any conduct that a recipient feels is offensive, unwelcome, demeaning, rude, or threatening. This conduct can:
- take the form of slurs, jokes, bullying, cyber bullying, or stalking;
- be verbal, graphic, or physical;
- be directed at employees or students;
- occur in peer-to-peer or hierarchical relationships; and/or
- be perpetrated by employees, students or non-employees.
Title IX addresses sexual harassment at link above.
Violence: The University prohibits violence of any sort against any of its members. Title IX addresses sexual violence at link above.
A student who wishes to appeal an academic policy decision (including one believed to be discriminatory based on race, national origin, color, sex, disability, or age), must abide by the procedures that follow. Legal counsel or representation is not permitted.
- When a student has a question about an academic policy decision, s/he must first contact the person who made the decision for an explanation of the policy and how it was followed. This contact must be made within 10 business days of the decision. If the policy has been followed, the student has no further recourse.
- If the policy was not followed or the student disputes the way in which the policy was applied, s/he may request that the matter be reviewed by the Department Chair. This request must be made within 10 business days of the aforementioned meeting. The Chair will notify the student of his/her decision in writing (e-mail is sufficient) within 10 business days.
Formal Resolution (continuation of above)
- If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the Department Chair, s/he may request that the matter be reviewed by the School Dean. To accomplish this, the student must file the Appeal form (available on the Portal portal.mvnu.edu) within 10 business days of the decision. The Dean reserves the right to question any individual and/or obtain additional information from any other source. If the student files the request outside the 10-day period, s/he forfeits any further right to appeal. The Dean’s review is limited to whether the policy was applied properly. The Dean will either uphold the appeal or deny the appeal. The Dean will notify the student of the decision in writing within 10 business days of receipt of the appeal.
- If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the School Dean, s/he may request that the matter be reviewed by the appropriate Vice President (VP). To accomplish this, the student must inform the Dean (in person or via e-mail) within 10 business days of the Dean’s decision. If the student files the request outside this period, s/he forfeits any further right to appeal. The Dean will send the appeal file to the VP; thus, the student may not include additional information with the appeal to the VP. The VP’s review is limited to whether the policy was applied properly. The VP will either uphold the appeal or deny the appeal. The VP will notify the student of the decision in writing within 10 business days. The decision is final and cannot be appealed.