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Student Complaint Process

If a student experiences any incidents of bias at the university, they are encouraged to submit a complaint. Bias incidents are defined as acts that do not appear to constitute a crime or actionable discrimination, but which may intimidate, mock, degrade, or threaten individuals or groups, and which one could reasonably conclude targets a member or group within the University community because of that individual or group's actual or perceived age, ancestry or ethnicity, color, creed, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, immigration or citizenship status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, religious practice, or sexual orientation.

There are three ways for a law student to submit a bias incident.

  • First, a student may report the bias incident directly to the Associate Dean of Students via email, in-person meeting, or phone call.
  • Second, a student may report an incident of bias through the Informal Complaint Form, which routes the complaint to the Associate Dean of Students.
  • Third, a student may report an incident of bias via the Formal Complaint Form, which goes directly to the University’s Student Development Office. Both the informal and formal complaint forms include the option for a student to submit their complaint anonymously.

No matter how the bias incident is reported, the law school will contact Common Ground for guidance on how to best support affected students, and will employ the services of the University Bias Resource Team if that is the recommendation of Common Ground. The role of the Bias Resource Team is to coordinate the University’s response to bias activity that is likely to affect the University community and to ensure that individuals or groups who are adversely affected by bias activity receive appropriate support and guidance.