Academic Policies and Procedures
The Graduate School of Education utilizes the following Grievance Procedures covering all claims made by matriculated and non-matriculated students. Because it is the policy of Fordham University to protect the rights of each student to be free from unlawful discrimination, students who believe they have been discriminated against with respect to participation in, access to, or benefits of any program or activity within the School of Education are requested to use the following procedures.
Since a formal grievance procedure is a last resort, it will be expected that every effort to resolve the grievance through informal approaches have been attempted by the concerned parties.
Step I: Division-wide
- A. An alleged grievance must be brought in writing to the attention of the Division Chairperson within ten (10) school calendar days from the time of the incident.
- B. The Division Chairperson will consult with the parties involved concerning the charges. The Chairperson may also consult with others not involved in the charges. It is expected that this process will be completed within fifteen (15) school calendar days after the student(s) submit(s) a written statement to the Chairperson.
- C. The Chairperson will make recommendations for a solution of the grievance to all parties directly involved. [ Note: If the grievance relates to a decision of a Chairperson, then the grievance review will begin at the school-wide level (Step II)
Step II: School-wide
- A. If Step I fails to resolve the grievance, either party may request a school-wide grievance review. Requests for a school-wide hearing must be submitted in writing to the Dean within ten (10) school calendar days of the conclusion of the divisional process. Requests should include:
- a concise summary of the charge(s)
- an explanation of why the divisional process was considered unsatisfactory
- B. A Grievance Committee composed of two faculty members and one student from each division will conduct the school-wide review. This committee will be constituted at the beginning of each school calendar year.
- C. The Dean will schedule the Grievance Committee to convene within fifteen (15) school calendar days after receipt of the written request, and notify the parties concerned of the date.
- D. The committee must receive a full written statement of the grievance and pertinent substantiating information from both the aggrieved and the unit or person charged at least five (5) days before the review date. All review procedures will be restricted to the parties involved.
- E. The Grievance Committee process will take no longer than twenty (20) school calendar days.
- F. The parties will be given an opportunity to attend the meeting and to present information to the Grievance Committee.
- G. The Grievance Committee will render a written statement of findings with recommendations for appropriate remedies within ten (10) school calendar days.
- H. The Dean will inform the concerned parties of the decision in writing within ten (10) school calendar days.
Step III: University-wide
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- A. If either the aggrieved or the individual(s)/division against whom charges have been brought feels that the matter has not been resolved, either party may appeal in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs within ten (10) school calendar days after being informed of the Dean's decision.
- B. The Vice President will review the grievance process to decide whether proper procedures were followed, or if new evidence not available in Step II is being presented. The Vice President can return the grievance to the Dean for further investigation or uphold the decision. The concerned parties will be notified of the Vice President's actions and decisions within twenty (20) school calendar days of the receipt of the appeal.
- C. The Vice President's decision is the final determination of the University, and not subject to further appeal.
The following booklets are published by the Office of Public Affairs, 33 West 60th St., NYC, and are available in the various admissions and student affairs offices, deans’ and department offices, and hallway stands in the Lowenstein Building, Lincoln Center, and Westchester campuses. On the Rose Hill (Bronx) campus, these materials are most readily available in the McGinley Student Center.
Safety and Security: Policies and Procedures at Fordham University (latest edition) contains information about building access, security staff and procedures, conduct standards, safety tips, campus crime statistics, emergency phone numbers, counseling, medical, and health services, procedures to follow if an individual is a witness to or victim of a crime, safety and awareness programs.
Drug-free Campus Program. A flier published and distributed each year to students, faculty, and staff detailing a variety of substance abuse treatment programs available in the NYC metropolitan area. This flier also describes the University Code of Conduct, legal sanctions as a consequence of substance abuse, University disciplinary actions, health risks, and counseling and rehabilitation services available at the University.
Sexual Harassment: Statement of Policy, and A Message Regarding Sexual Harassment. These are pamphlets/fliers published and distributed to students, faculty, and staff which define the offense, describes the University policy regarding sexual harassment, which states in part “Sexual harassment will not be tolerated in the University community. It subverts the mission of the University and threatens the well-being, educational experiences, and careers of students, faculty, and staff.” The flier also describes procedures to follow and individuals to contact when incidents of sexual harassment occur.
Student Health Services. A flier describing the available services and their location for students on the Fordham campuses, insurance information, and emergency procedures.
Graduate Guides to University Policies (latest editions). These are booklets/handbooks describing official University and School policies and resources in various schools within the University. They are typically available from the Office of Student Affairs, Lowenstein Building, Room 408. Phone: 212-636-6250.
Graduate School of Education Bulletin. All students are encouraged to obtain the latest copy of the Bulletin of the Graduate School of Education, which details policies, procedures, and programs of the GSE. These Bulletins are available from the GSE admissions office, deans’ and division offices, and hallway stands in the Lowenstein Building (Lincoln Center) and Westchester campus.