Student complaints regarding academic employees (faculty) are governed by the negotiated policy agreement between the faculty and college board of trustees.
Complaints regarding the staff and administrators shall be brought to the attention of the appropriate dean or the college president.
Any enrolled student who has a complaint concerning an alleged violation of his or her rights as a student of Yakima Valley Community College, has the opportunity to seek resolution of such complaint. A complaint under this section is defined as a violation of a legal right or a discriminatory act made against a student based upon his or her gender, color, race, national origin, age, religion, disability, or veteran status.
Any student who wishes to file a formal complaint against the president of the college shall submit his or her complaint directly to the board of trustees of Community College District 16.
A student who wishes to file a formal complaint against an administrator (other than the college president), or staff member must address the complaint to the dean of students within ten working days of the alleged act or acts. All complaints must be submitted in writing as detailed by the Yakima Valley Community College formal complaint form. A complaint made by a recognized student group must also include the written minutes from the meeting in which the student group voted to file a formal complaint and the complaint must be signed by the president of the student group. Any administrator or staff member who has a formal complaint filed against him or her has the right to be informed of the complaint and the allegations within two working days of its filing. An impartial investigation will take place in order to obtain the necessary facts. Any person contacted through this investigation process shall treat any information, including, but not limited to, the questions being asked, the names of the complainant and/or the administrator or staff person and the allegations themselves as confidential and shall not publicly discuss any information as stated above nor the allegations until such time as a hearing has been held or other resolution to this complaint has been made.
At any time during this process, the administrator or staff person involved shall retain his/her due process rights with regard to disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, the right to have a representative of his/her own choosing present at any or all meetings involving the alleged complaint.
The investigation shall provide facts involving the alleged allegation(s) and at a minimum include a taped interview of the complainant, the individual alleged to have committed a violation of rights or an act of discrimination, and any witnesses to the alleged conduct. Students may request a representative from the associated student body of Yakima Valley Community College to attend any meeting required during the investigative process. At no time shall any representative interfere with the investigation. The investigation shall commence within two weeks of receipt of the formal complaint and the independent investigator shall make a nonbinding recommendation to the dean of students stating that the complaint is unfounded or that the complaint has merit. The student life coordinator shall file a written report with the dean of students who shall notify and submit documentation to the dean, vice-president, or college president, as appropriate, within thirty days of receipt of the investigation report recommending one of the following three outcomes:
(1) The complaint is without merit and no further action is warranted;
(2) There is an agreed upon negotiated settlement of the matter; or
(3) The complaint has merit and further action should be taken.
Should disciplinary action be recommended, all steps as outlined in the negotiated agreements between the board of trustees of Yakima Valley Community College and the staff, and all applicable laws, shall be followed. Should disciplinary action be recommended with regard to an administrator, the determination shall be made by the immediate supervisor and/or the college president, as deemed appropriate.
Complaints that do not deal with gender, color, race, national origin, age, religion, disability, or veteran status, will first follow an informal process in which the dean of the department in which the complaint has originated, or the supervisor of the person of which the complaint is directed, will be notified and steps will be taken to informally resolve the complaints. If the complaint cannot be resolved informally, the above procedures will be implemented. Formal complaint forms can be obtained from the student life coordinator and the dean of students.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.140. 99-13-140, § 132P-33-120, filed 6/18/99, effective 7/19/99; 82-01-079 (Resolution No. 81-4), § 132P-33-120, filed 12/21/81.]