Student Grievances

  1. POLICY:

    It is the policy of the Technical College System of Georgia to maintain a grievance process available to all students that provides an open and meaningful forum for their complaints, the resolution of these complaints, and is subject to clear guidelines. This procedure does not address complaints related to the unlawful harassment, discrimination and/or retaliation for reporting harassment/discrimination against students. Those complaints are handled by the Unlawful Harassment and Discrimination of Students Procedure.


    All technical colleges associated with the Technical College System of Georgia, including Lanier Technical College.


    Procedure: Unlawful Harassment and Discrimination of Students

    1. Grievable issues: Issues arising from the application of a policy/procedure to the student's specific case is always grievable. Specifically grievable are issues related to student advisement, improper disclosure of grades, unfair testing procedures and poor treatment of students; this is a representative list and is not meant to be exhaustive.
    2. Non-grievable issues: Issues which have a separate process for resolution (i.e. disciplinary sanctions, FERPA, financial aid, academic grades, etc.) are not grievable and a student must take advantage of the process in place.
    3. Business days: Weekdays that the college administrative offices are open.
    4. Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA): The staff member in charge of the student affairs division at the college.
    5. Retaliation: Unfavorable action taken, condition created, or other action taken by a student/employee for the purpose of intimidation directed toward a student because the student initiated a grievance or participated in an investigation of a grievance.
    6. Grievant: the student who is making the complaint.


    1. Informal Grievance Procedure: Student complaints should be resolved on an informal basis without the filing of a formal grievance.
      1. A student has 10 business days from the date of the incident being grieved to resolve their complaint informally by approaching their instructor, department chair or any other staff or faculty member directly involved in the grieved incident.
      2. Where this process does not result in a resolution of the grievance, the student may proceed to the formal grievance procedure.
    2. Formal Grievance Procedure: where a student cannot resolve their complaint informally, they may use the formal grievance procedure.
      1. Within 15 business days of the incident being grieved, the student must file a formal grievance in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) with the following information:
        1. Name,
        2. Date,
        3. Brief description of incident being grieved,
        4. Remedy requested
        5. Signed, and
        6. Informal remedy attempted by student and outcome
      2. If the grievance is against the VPSA, the student shall file the grievance in the office of the technical college president.
      3. The VPSA, or his/her designee, will investigate the matter and supply a written response to the student within 15 business days.
      4. If the grieved incident involves possible unlawful harassment, discrimination or retaliation for reporting unlawful harassment/discrimination, the investigation will be handled pursuant to the Procedure: Unlawful Harassment and Discrimination of Students.
      5. If the grieved incident is closely related to an incident being processed through the disciplinary procedure or harassment/discrimination procedure, the disciplinary or harassment/discrimination procedure will take precedence and the grievance will not be processed until after the disciplinary or harassment/discrimination procedure has run its course.
      6. The VPSA, or his/her designee, shall be granted an additional 15 business days to investigate the grievance upon notice to the grieving student.
    3. Appeal of Staff Response: If a student is unsatisfied with the response from the VPSA, the student may appeal the decision to the President of the college. Only the student has the right to appeal.
      1. A student shall file a written appeal to the President within 5 business days of receiving the response referenced in VI.B.3.
      2. The appeal will be decided based entirely on documents provided by the student and the administration, therefore the student must ensure that he has provided all relevant documents with his appeal.
      3. At the President of the college's sole discretion, grievance appeals at their institution may be held in one of the following two ways:
        1. The President may review the information provided by the student and administration and make the final decision; or
        2. The President may appoint a cross-functional committee comprised of 5 members, including one chair, to make the final decision.
        3. The decision of either the President or the cross-functional committee shall be made within 10 business days of receipt by the President of the appeal.
        4. Whichever process is chosen by the President, the decision of the grievance appeal is final.
        5. Retaliation against a student for filing a grievance is strictly prohibited.

    Documents relating to formal grievances including investigations, dispositions and the grievance itself shall be held for 5 years after the graduation of the student or the date of the student's last attendance.