Student Concerns & Complaint Procedures
SUNY Plattsburgh makes every effort to provide the best possible experience for students and to resolve student concerns and complaints in a timely and effective manner. In the event that something is less than satisfactory, students should initially attempt to resolve concerns and complaints with the appropriate campus department or office.
Specific procedures and guidance are available for the following student complaints:
- Discrimination/Harassment — for the prompt and equitable investigation and resolution of allegations of unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction.
- Grade Grievance — to request action when a student feels that an assigned grade is not consistent with the grading policy in the syllabus, or that the evaluation has been unjust.
- Sexual Violence — for support and assistance when an individual has experienced sexual violence, defined as a physical sexual act perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim/survivor’s use of drugs or alcohol or due to intellectual or other disability.
- Interpersonal Violence — for support and assistance when a reporting individual has experienced a situation when one person uses power and control over another through physical, sexual, or emotional threats or actions, economic control, isolation, or other kinds of coercive behavior. This includes: domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, spousal abuse, or battering, stalking.
Other Institutional Concerns and Complaints
For assistance with other concerns and complaints related to the institution that have not been resolved through other means, a student may contact the following:
For concerns and complaints about student life and the campus experience
Bryan Hartman, Vice President for Student Affairs Office: Kehoe 6th floor Phone: 518-564-2280 Email: [email protected]
For concerns and complaints related to the academic mission of the campus
David Hill, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Office: Kehoe 805 Phone: 518-564-5402 Email: [email protected]
For concerns and complaints related to discrimination, harassment, sexual violence or interpersonal violence
Lynda Ames, Affirmative Action Officer Office: Redcay Hall 206 Phone: 518-564-3310 Email: [email protected]
Butterfly Blaise, Title IX Coordinator Office: Hawkins Hall 151 Phone: 518-564-3218 Email: [email protected]
If a student is unable to resolve a complaint at the campus level or believes that the campus has not properly addressed the concern, one of the following agencies may be contacted:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West Philadelphia, PA 19104 Phone: (267) 284-5000 Email: [email protected] Spanish: [email protected] Website: https://www.msche.org/
New York State residents who are unable to resolve the concern or complaint at the campus level or believe that the campus has not properly addressed the concern may contact:
The State University of New York System Administration, Provost’s Office State University Plaza, 335 Broadway Albany, NY 12246
Postsecondary Complaint Registry New York State Education Department Office of College and University Evaluation Mezzanine 5 North Albany, New York 12230
Non-New York State residents who are unable to resolve a complaint at the campus level or believe that the campus has not properly addressed the concern may work with an agency in their home state to have their complaint addressed. The State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) provides state contact information and additional resources related to state authorization of distance education at http://www.sheeo.org/sheeo_surveys/. Students should contact the agency listed in their home state if they seek further assistance.