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VIII. Grievance Procedures

VIII. Grievance Procedures

As a first step, students are urged to go directly to the person(s) concerned and discuss the source of their problem as openly as possible. If this confrontation of the difficulty and airing of a grievance leads to no resolution, or when it seems inappropriate, a number of formal and less formal avenues are open to students, depending upon the nature of the complaint. These are outlined below. At times, a grievance may involve a number of different areas and students may feel uncertain which procedure to follow; in this case they should seek advice from the Office of the Dean of Students, The Office of the Ombudsperson, or the deans of Residential Education and Dining Services. At any stage in the process students are welcome to seek counsel and support from members of the faculty or staff as well as the student body, and should feel free to bring an advisor to any meetings they may have as part of an adjudication process. Some suggestions are made under the following sections.