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Grievances

Nebraska Indian Community College students, staff, faculty, and administration have certain rights that must be respected. If any party feels that their rights have been violated, a process has been established by which the alleged wrongful act be addressed.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE 

Informal Resolution: Any dispute or disagreement not involving academic grades, rights or decisions is eligible for the grievance procedure. Often these disputes are simple misunderstandings that can be cleared up with an informal meeting. If any party involved is not satisfied with the resolution reached at this meeting or feels too uncomfortable to meet with the other party, a grievance form should be filed.

  1. Grievance Action: Every feasible informal means of resolution should be attempted prior to the filing of a grievance form. The grievance form can be acquired from the Advisor or Academic Dean and should be submitted to the Academic Dean.
  2. Academic Dean Review: The completed grievance form should be filed with the Academic Dean within ten (10) calendar days after meeting with the instructor or Academic Dean in the informal resolution step. The appeal must include the following items: 
    • Name, address, email, and phone number of the person filing the grievance.
    • Explanation of the efforts the student has made to resolve the appeal informally. 
    • Nature of the grievance in full detail. 
    • Place, date, and time of alleged incident. 
    • Name of the person(s) accused of the violation.
    • Requested remedy. 
    • Any background information or documentation the student filing the grievancesbelieves to be relevant. 
      • The Academic Dean will provide written response to the applicant within ten (10) working days of the date of submission. If the Academic Dean is unable to obtain a resolution of the grievance, it proceeds to step 3.
  3. Grievance Committee Review: Within ten (10) working days of the Academic Dean’s response, a grievance committee meeting will be called. The grievance committee will include minimally, an administrator, a faculty member, and a Student Senate representative, all of whom are not reflected as a party of the grievance. The Academic Dean will attend to present the findings. The Committee will meet and review the appeal and all documentation at this meeting with both parties of the grievance and their advocates. The committee may also meet privately to discuss information presented. Written finding will be issued within three (3) working days of the Committee meeting. If any party remains dissatisfied with the resolution obtained by the committee they may proceed to the next step.
  4. President Review: Within three (3) working days of receipt of the grievance committee’s findings, any party may request a review by the President. After reviewing the request and all documentation, the President will issue a decision within ten (10) working days of receipt of the request for appeal. If any party remains dissatisfied with the resolution obtained by the President, they may proceed to the final step.

 

Incident Reports

Students who are observed violating college policies and regulations by a college employee will receive an incident report. The student will be told verbally at the time of the observed violation that an Incident Report will be issued. The report will be signed by the witnessing college employee. The signed Incident Report will be turned in to the Academic Dean within one business day of the alleged violation for review. The Academic Dean will take actions deemed appropriate to the incident, which may include academic probation or suspension. These incident reports will be kept in the student’s permanent file.

Student Records Management

One of the most valuable items that many people pursue in life is an education. A higher education can open doors to different aspects of the world. While the benefits are many, some responsibilities are also implied. Many items need to be filed in a secure location throughout your educational and professional life, such as course syllabi, financial aid papers, bills, registration materials, etc. A brief outline of some of the most important documents every learner should save follows.

Catalog – The catalog that you are admitted under is vitally important. You can find it at http://www.thenicc.edu/images/pdfs/2018-2019-NICC-CATALOG-FINAL.pdf. It contains the policies, procedures, and degree requirements that were in place when you registered. As long as you remain enrolled and you do not change your major, the catalog that you initially enrolled with is your contract with the institution.
Registration materials – Registration materials, such as copies of your registration form and declaration of major, should be saved for your personal records. These records may be valuable to find your correct rooms and classes, information on what courses you should take, and information to formulate your correct billing statement.
Financial Aid materials – All of your financial aid materials should be retained, including copies of your Free Application for Student Aid, Student Aid Reports, Award letters, your official PIN, loan documents from other institutions, and other documents. These documents are important because you can use them to determine how much financial aid you will be able to receive, the amount of your scholarships, and possible complications that can be foreseen and corrected.
Course information – Copies of all course information should be kept such as the course syllabi, handouts and research papers/final projects. This information should be kept because things like your papers and handouts may be utilized at a later date for information. The course syllabi are especially important if you plan on transferring your credits to a different institution. The institution you are transferring to may require you to present the syllabi for specific courses to determine what knowledge was gained.