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Grievance Procedure for Student-Athletes
Procedure

Document Number: ATHL--108p Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 08/17/2012
Primary Author: Director of Athletics Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 04/03/2012

General Description
Description / Scope:

Information about grievance procedures for student-athletes.


Purpose:

Delineation of procedures.


Who Performs / Responsibility: Athletics

When to Perform: As needed

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Requirements
Pre-Knowledge: Before performing this task you must know:
Current University policy

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

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Overview of Steps
1.

Concerns About Student-Athlete Participation

2.

Concerns About Athletic Financial Aid

3.

Gender Discrimination  

4.

Disputes

5.

Academic Concerns

6.

Violation of Athletic Regulation

7.

Disciplinary Responses

8.

Appeal of Disciplinary Sanction

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Detailed Steps
1.

Concerns About Student-Athlete Participation


How to Do:

If concerns regarding an athlete’s participation in a University sport are of a general nature, the student-athlete should bring them to the attention of his/her coach.


2.

Concerns About Athletic Financial Aid


How to Do:

If concerns involve an athletically related financial aid award, the student-athlete should contact the Financial Aid Office.


3.

Gender Discrimination


How to Do:

If a student-athlete believes that he or she is a victim of gender discrimination, in a sport activity the issue should be discussed with his or her head coach. If the issue is not solved after the initial meeting with a Head Coach, the student-athlete should schedule a meeting with the Director of Athletics and Assistant Athletic Director. Any resolution agreed upon at this level shall be final.


4.

Disputes


How to Do:

If a student-athlete encounters any other specific problems or disputes as part of his/her participation in intercollegiate athletics, he/she may:

1. Discuss the issue with his/her head coach

2. If the issue is not resolved, the student-athlete may discuss the issue with the Director of Athletics

3. If the issue is still not resolved, the student-athlete may contact the Faculty Athletics Representative, who will convene the Athletic Committee.


5.

Academic Concerns


How to Do:

Academic concerns should be addressed through the procedures set forth in the University’s Student Handbook, though nothing herein is intended to dissuade a student-athlete from seeking advice and guidance from any member of the Athletic Department.


6.

Violation of Athletic Regulation


How to Do:

If a student-athlete violates an athletic regulation, he/she may be suspended from participation (practice or contests) or denied access to Athletic Department services while the alleged misconduct is under investigation.


7.

Disciplinary Responses


How to Do:

In determining proper disciplinary responses, the Athletic Director may consult with the Faculty Athletics Representative, Team Coach, and other appropriate University officials. Potential disciplinary responses include:

· A warning

· Probation (with or without conditions)

· Restitution

· Restricted access to Athletic Department services

· Suspension from practice

· Suspension from participating in contests

· Scholarship modification or non-renewal

· Dismissal from a team

 

If the Athletic Director determines that it is necessary to impose a disciplinary response for violation of an athletic regulation, he/she shall notify, in writing, the student-athlete and appropriate University officials.

 


8.

Appeal of Disciplinary Sanction


How to Do:

A student-athlete may appeal any disciplinary response that includes suspension or dismissal. The appeal must be made in writing within 48 hours of notice of the discipline response. Appeals will be considered by the Athletic Director and the Assistant Athletic Director. The student-athlete may appeal the decision of the Director of Athletics, the Dean of Students, and to the Executive Vice President, whose decision will be final.


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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
Director of Athletics

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