From time to time, differences in interpretation of school policies may arise among students, faculty and the administration. When such differences arise, usually a miscommunication or misunderstanding is a major contributing factor. For this reason, the Academy urges both students and staff to communicate any problems that arise directly to the individuals involved. If the problem cannot be resolved in that manner, the individual should handle the problem in the following manner:
- Promptly bring the complaint to the attention of the Academic Dean. This should be accomplished by writing a letter of grievance and requesting a formal meeting. The Academic Dean will investigate the grievance, attempt to resolve it, and issue a decision to the student within a reasonable period of time. A written summary of the grievance and the proposed resolution will be prepared.
- Appeals can be made only after all procedures in step one above has been completed. The student may appeal an unsatisfactory decision to the Vice President of the Academy.
- Final decision on grievances will not be precedent-setting or binding on future grievances unless they are officially stated as college policy.
- For more information regarding the Higher Learning Commission’s complaint procedure, please click here.
For more information regarding the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s complaint procedure, please click here.