Student Rights and Grievances
The district’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy includes complaint procedures for students who experience discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, national origin, ethnic identification, age, disability, pregnancy, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran.
In addition, the district’s Sexual Harassment Policy forbids intimidation or harassment of a sexual nature and provides a complaint procedure for students who experience sexual harassment.
Most complaints, grievances, or disciplinary matters should be resolved at the campus level. This is the quickest and most successful way of resolving issues involving a California Community College (CCC). Students are encouraged to work through the campus complaint process first before escalating issues to any of the following resources. Issues that are not resolved at the campus level may be presented:
- To the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) at www.accjc.org/complaint-process if the complaint is associated with the institution’s compliance with academic program quality and accrediting standards. ACCJC is the agency that accredits the academic programs of the California Community Colleges.
- To the CCC Chancellor’s Office by completing the web form below if your complaint does not concern CCC’s compliance with academic program quality and accrediting standards.
- If the complaint involves unlawful discrimination, go to the Chancellor’s Office website at www.cccco.edu/About-Us/Chancellors-Office/Divisions/General-Counsel/Programs/College-District-Discrimination-Appeals
Discrimination Complaint Procedure
A student who feels he/she/they has been or is being subjected to discriminatory treatment, including sexual harassment, or who has learned of such unlawful discrimination in his/her/their official capacity, should immediately contact the office of the vice president, Student Services. If the complainant is not satisfied with the final decision, he/she/they may file a complaint with the Office of the State Chancellor for Community Colleges within 30 days of the determination of the board.
The student can complete the form on the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office website at www.cccco.edu/About-Us/Chancellors-Office/Divisions/General-Counsel/Programs/College-District-Discrimination-Appeals.