Office of Student Affairs & Wellness:


Student Advocacy & Grievance


What is Advocacy

The Office of Student Affairs & Wellness is responsible for making sure that there is a fair and equitable process in place to advocate for students as well as receive and process grievances. Our office can assist in advocating for students, reccomending next steps, and also facilitating a formal student grievance.


Before filing a formal grievance, it is possible to mediate a situation by requesting advocacy. The process of advocating for students is so that our staff can look at your issue, determine if all college rules and regulations have been followed/applied appropriately, and determine if, you the student, are being treated fairly. Based on our investigation, we will make a recommendation on how to proceed. Examples of issues that can possibly be resolved at the advocacy level are:

  • Financial Aid Issues
  • Minor Classroom Disputes
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Enrollment Issues


Step by step...

Step One: Request Advocacy

Make an appointment to speak with one of our staff members who can evaluate your case.


Step Two: Follow Advocacy Recommendations

Depending on your situation, there may be other individuals at the college that can help. We will recommend who else might be best to speak with first before you take the next step.


Step Three: Determine the Type of Grievance

Even if you have followed all the recommended steps, and you still feel that you need more assistance and wish to file a grievance, we will help you determine what type of grievance you are going to file.


Step Four: Filing a Formal Grievance

We can provide the documentation you need to file a formal grievance and walk you through the process. If you wish, you may request to have an advocate present throughout the entire process to ensure you receive fair and equitable treatment.