Academic Grievance Procedures

Policies and Procedures

Policy

It is the policy of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH-M), that faculty and students of UH-M be provided consistent and equitable treatment in resolving disputes arising from the academic relationship between faculty and student(s). The applicability of this policy is limited to those issues directly associated and concomitant with the faculty member’s responsibilities as a teacher and the students’ responsibilities as a learner [note sections I and II, below]. For matters involving alleged academic dishonesty the Student Conduct Code should be consulted.

This policy, with included procedural provisions, is established by the Vice President for Student Affairs with the concurrence of the Faculty Senate, the Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi (ASUH), and the Graduate Student Organization (GSO).

Information on the Academic Grievance Procedure is available from the Dean of Students, who is the campus administrator responsible for facilitating the grievance process described below.

Students enrolled in the professional schools of law and medicine are not governed by this procedure. Law and medical students have access to academic grievance procedures established by their schools and they may seek redress through those procedures. Decisions reached through University academic grievance procedures shall be considered final within the UH-M.

Definitions

AGC – Academic Grievance Committee

Department Chairperson – The individual designated as administrative head of any department or University unit.

Faculty Member – Any individual employed to conduct research, advising and/or offer instruction at UH-Mānoa.

Graduate Faculty Chairperson – The individual designated as administrative head of a graduate field of study.

Graduate Student – Any student who has received a baccalaureate degree.

Grievant – A student who files a formal academic grievance.

Remedy – An action to correct an individual student’s situation.

Respondent – One or more faculty members against whom a grievance is filed.

Semester – Any scheduled term of instruction including Continuing Education and Summer Session.

Student – Any individual enrolled in credit or noncredit courses or matriculated in a program at UH-Mānoa.

UH-M – University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Undergraduate Student – Any student who has not yet received a baccalaureate degree.

 

Advice or assistance on matters related to these procedures is available from the Office of Judicial Affairs, Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 207, phone (808) 956-4416. Please direct questions to the Office of Judicial Affairs or arrange an appointment by contacting Ms. Stephanie Lee.

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