Information Regarding Student Complaint Resolution

Adelphi University’s mission is to transform the lives of all students by creating a distinctive environment of intellectual rigor, research, creativity and deep community engagement across four core areas of focus: arts and humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education professions, and Health and Wellness.

To pursue this mission the ability and freedom to teach, learn and develop depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, in the residence halls, elsewhere on campus, and in the greater academic community. The University has developed procedures and policies to safeguard this process and to maintain an environment conducive to the learning process. The University’s Code of Conduct applies to all members of the Adelphi community.

Occasionally, as a student you may encounter a problem on campus that appears to conflict with the University’s commitments to its mission and to the learning environment.  In order to resolve such problems the following means of resolution are offered to you:

DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS

If you have a complaint or concern about discrimination, harassment (including sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking) and/or resulting retaliation or if you need help resolving a problem, you can:

A. Use our online complaint form to report discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation

B. Contact the appropriate individual below, or any member of the Anti-Discrimination Panel:

Jeffrey Kessler (Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs) at kessler@adelphi.edu or 516.877.3151
Renaire Frierson (Title IX Coordinator & Director Equity & Compliance) at titleix@adelphi.edu or 516.877.4819

C. For emergency or immediate assistance at any time on campus, contact the Office of Public Safety at 516.877.3511 or by dialing 5 from any campus phone.

COMPLAINTS CONCERNING VIOLATIONS OF UNIVERSITY STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

Staff in the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards respond to allegations and complaints about violations of the behavioral standards and other academic and non-academic University regulations while at the same time respecting and protecting the rights and privileges of our students. Please see the University Code of Conduct and other information.

The educational foundation upon which the disciplinary process is based promotes responsible behavior by holding each person responsible for his or her own behavior and its impact on the community. The staff in the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards collaborate with partners across the University such as the Office of Residential Life and Housing, the Department of Public Safety and Transportation, the Student Counseling Center and Title IX.

If you have a complaint please contact the Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards, Amanda Wright, at 516.877.3940 or at awright@adelphi.edu.

ACADEMIC DECISION COMPLAINTS

Disputes Concerning Grades

Complaints regarding grades should follow the procedures set out in the Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin.

Grades are submitted only by the instructor of the course. Any change of grade must be approved by that instructor. A grade may be changed only if there is unequivocal evidence that it was the result of computational or mechanical error. If you believe your grade is incorrect or unfair you should:

  • Discuss your course work with the instructor
  • Review with the course instructor the grading policies for the course.
  • If you are still dissatisfied, disputes concerning grades should be brought to the chair of the department (if there is a chair).
  • If you are still dissatisfied or if there is no chair, you should bring your concerns to the assistant or associate dean of the school responsible for the course.
  • The dean may choose to discuss the matter with the chair and/or the instructor to try to resolve the issues.
  • If the issues remain unresolved, you may request that the Office of Academic Services (Associate Provost for Academic and Student Life) discuss the matter with the instructor and/or with the dean.

If the Chair, Dean or Provost determine that a grade was a result of arbitrary or capricious conduct on the part of the instructor, you may be allowed to withdraw from the course. In the case of arbitrary or capricious conduct, the department or school may allow the substitution of another course to replace the course in question.

All disputes concerning the accuracy of a grade must be raised within one calendar year. Grade changes must first be signed by the instructor and then by the department chair and the appropriate dean before being submitted to the Registrar.

Complaints About Other Academic Issues (excluding grades)

If you have complaints regarding other academic related issues (excluding grade complaints) you should follow the procedure described above and also take account of any policies and procedures that are specific to your School and College. These processes are available from your Dean’s Office. If there are no specific procedures identified then you should use the Student Complaint Resolution Form.

» Student Complaint Resolution Form

Unresolved complaints may be filed with the New York State Education Department at the following address:

New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234

VIOLATIONS OF THE university’S CODE OF ETHICS

Where an individual is concerned about making an anonymous complaint in confidence about violations of the University’s Code of Ethics, a reporting process via a third party is available.


For further information, please contact:

Associate Provost for Academic and Student Life
Nexus Building, Room 304
e – oasr@adelphi.edu