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STUDENT GRIEVANCE & COMPLAINT POLICY

As an accredited academic institution, Florida National University is committed to providing each student with effective avenues of communication in order to provide the best possible education. Any concern about the facilities, courses, faculty, staff, application of University policies and procedures, or any other matter that you feel is impeding your success at Florida National University may be addressed in accordance with the Complaint Procedures described below.  The University’s goal is to reach a speedy and satisfactory resolution that is based on input from appropriate authorities at the University.

Complaint Procedures

Students wishing to raise a complaint, concern or grievance are to follow these procedures:

  1. The student should informally address his or her concern or complaint with the faculty member, staff member or administrator involved.
  2. If the student is not satisfied, he or she is to address the individual’s superior (complaints relating to faculty members should be raised with the appropriate Department Head followed by the appropriate Division Head).
  3. If the student’s concern or complaint is not resolved under Step 2, he or she may file a written complaint with the Office of Student Services. The written complaint will be investigated by the Director of Student Services, who will issue a decision.
  4. If the student’s concern or complaint is not resolved under Step 3, he or she may file a written complaint with the Campus Dean. The written complaint will be investigated by the Campus Dean, who may uphold or modify the decision of the Director of Student Services. The decision of the Campus Dean is final.

Please refer to the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy and/or the Title IX Procedures contained in the University Catalog for complaints related to those policies.

State Student Complaint Process for Students Enrolled in Residential (In-Person) Programs:

Information and instructions for filing a complaint against a nonpublic postsecondary institution with the Florida Commission for Independent Education can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/policy/cie/file- a-complaint.stml.  Complaints submitted in accordance with these instructions should be addressed to: Commission for Independent Education, 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400 (mail), cieinfo@fldoe.org (email) or 850-245-3238 (fax).

 

Complaint Process for Students Enrolled in Distance Education (Online) Programs:

  • Florida residents enrolled in distance education programs may follow the State Student Complaint Process for Residential (In-Person) Programs, described above.

 

  • Out-of-state students enrolled in distance education programs who have completed the complaint process and are still not satisfied with the outcome may appeal to the Florida Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education Coordinating Council (“FL-SARA Council”). Complaints about grades or student conduct may not be appealed to the FL-SARA Council. Additional information about the FL-SARA Council complaint process can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/sara/complaint-process.stml, and the Council can be contacted at FLSARAinfo@fldoe.org.

 

The FL-SARA Council complaint process applies to all non-Florida residents who reside in a state that participates in the Unified State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (“SARA”).  Information about whether a state or other jurisdiction participates in SARA can be found at https://nc-sara.org/directory.  As of October 2019, the following states and jurisdictions participate in SARA:  Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

 

  • California residents in distance education programs may file a complaint with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Additional information can be found at https://www.bppe.ca.gov/enforcement/complaint.shtml and the California Bureau can be contacted at (916) 431-6959 (telephone), (916) 263-1897 (fax) or 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
    Sacramento, CA 95833 (mail).

Accrediting Agency Student Complaint Process:

For complaints alleging a violation of accreditation policies, students may review the SACSCOC Policy Statement, Complaint Procedures against SACSCOC or its Accredited Institutions Policy Statement to find information about how to make a complaint to the University’s accrediting body, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).  The Policy Statement, including the required “Complaint against Institutions:  Information Sheet and Form” and other important information, is available at http://www.sacscoc.org/policies.asp.  Complaints must be addressed to the President of the accrediting body at the following address: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097.