Students are encouraged to attempt to resolve all issues with their Academic and Finance Advisor and/or Faculty member. This procedure supports timeliness, quality, accountability, and ensures that the appropriate institutional levels are involved and resolve matters in an efficient and effective manner. Additionally, it allows those closest to the problem the ability extend the highest levels of support services.
Academic and Finance Advisors will coordinate and collaborate with required team members, department, and/or Schools in pursuit of a student’s required response. This ensures that the process is in accordance with policy and reviewed by the necessary parties required to properly address the issue at the appropriate institutional level.
Expected Escalation Levels for Resolution
- First level - Academic and Finance Advisor/ Faculty
- Second level - Team Lead and/or Associate Director of Student and Financial Services
- Third level - Sr. Director of Student and Financial Services/ Dean or designee
- Fourth level - VP Student and Financial Services/ Office of the Provost (depending on the nature of the issue)
- Fifth level - Grievance
NOTE: Dissertation Students are required to work through problems and concerns with their Committee Chair. If a student is unable to resolve an issue with the Chair regarding dissertation protocols, then the student may use these resolution methods.
A grievance is a formal complaint that has not been resolved at other levels within the University. Resolution is viewed as being afforded due diligence and has been evaluated in accordance with ethics, academic integrity, policies, regulations, and laws. A grievance is not another channel of escalation in the case a decision was not made in the student’s favor.
NOTE: Appeals of final grades must use the appeal process defined in “Appealing a Final Grade ” in the NCU Catalog. Review carefully the directives on appeals, as often the decisions of Deans in these matters are not grieve-able. Other Appeals include but are not limited to SAP, academic dismissal, administrative dismissal, and re-admission. Students should refer to the catalog for details on advancing these types of appeals.
Formal grievances are reviewed by the Provost and are considered final. Students can file a grievance through their Academic and Finance Advisor if all other steps noted above have been attempted without appropriate resolution.
NOTE: Students may not grieve the stated or published policy of NCU.
An individual may contact the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education for review of a complaint.
The bureau may be contacted at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, through their website https://www.bppe.ca.gov/, by phone at 916-431-6959 or by fax at 916-263-1897.