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relationships may also create the appearance of favoritism in the eyes of third parties and contribute to the creation of a hostile work environment.
Therefore, college employees are prohibited from engaging in any romantic or sexual relationship with or from making any overt romantic or sexual advances upon students whom they have a professional responsibility to teach, advise, counsel or otherwise facilitate in the students’ academic careers. College employed administrators or supervisors at any level are prohibited from engaging in any romantic or sexual relationship with or from making any overt romantic or sexual advances upon any employee or member of the college community they supervise or the terms and conditions of whose employment or position at the college they have the ability to affect.
Complaints may be initiated by a student, employee or other member of the college community who is or has been in a romantic or sexual relationship or is or has been the subject of overt romantic or sexual advances, or by third parties who allege they have been specifically adversely affected by such a relationship.
The President may initiate formal proceedings on his or her own initiative. Any complainant who files a complaint under this policy in willful disregard of the truth may be subject to appropriate disciplinary proceedings.
Grievances, Appeals, and Complaints
Grievances and Appeals of College Actions
1. Students may appeal or grieve a college action (excluding grades, academic dishonesty, and student conduct decisions) by filing a written notice of appeal with the appropriate vice president or executive cabinet leader.
a. Appeals must be filed with twenty-one (21) days of notice of the college action. Documented extenuating circumstances (such as medical complications or recall to military duty) may extend this timeframe.
b. Failure to timely file a notice of appeal constitutes a waiver of the right to appeal and the college action shall be deemed final.
c. The grievance shall be filed with the Vice President of Instruction regarding academic actions, with the Vice President of Administrative Services for administrative and business service issues, and with the Vice President of Student Services for other student matters. Other executive cabinet leaders that may receive appeals include the Executive Director of Human Resources, the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Director of Institutional Research and Grants, and the Director of the Foundation.
2. The notice of appeal must include a brief statement explaining why the student is seeking review of the action.
3. The parties to an appeal shall be the student and the college employee who initiated the college action.
4. A student who timely appeals a college action has a right to a prompt, fair, and impartial review of the matter.
5. On appeal, the college bears the burden of establishing the evidentiary facts underlying the college action based on a preponderance of the evidence.
6. From the date of receipt of the appeal, the vice president or other executive cabinet leader has 15 business days to render a written decision to both parties. The brief written statement will minimally contain the reasons for the decision. This decision is final.
7. This procedure does not apply to:
a. Grade appeals which are described separately above
b. Student Conduct Decisions which are described separately below

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