Optometry Student Handbook 2024-2025

62 Nova Southeastern University Student Handbook A written decision will be provided by the vice president of Student Affairs, or designee, within a reasonable amount of time from receipt of the appeal request. The decision of the vice president of Student Affairs, or designee, will be final. If the complainant is suspended, dismissed, or expelled from the university, the dean of students sends written notifi- cation of the action to the dean of the student’s academic program and appropriate university administrative offices. An appeal of disciplinary action taken against an employee will be conducted in accordance with the NSU Employee Policy Manual or Faculty Policy Manual, if available. j. Remediating Disability Discrimination Disability discrimination and/or harassment are not tolerated at NSU. The university is committed to taking necessary remedial steps that are designed to stop the discrimination, correct its effects, and ensure that the discrimination does not recur. Such actions may or may not be the action that the reporting party requests or prefers. Steps may be specific to the parties involved or may be aimed at a broader group. Typical steps range from counseling (which may be either remedial counseling, for the respondent, or supportive counseling, for the reporting party) or training or separation of the parties, to discipline of the respondent, including a written warning, probation, suspension, demotion, transfer, expulsion, or termination for cause. The appropriate discipline will depend on the nature and severity of the conduct, the respondent’s overall record, the applicable policy on discipline, and other factors where relevant. k. Retaliation The law prohibits retaliation against an individual for opposing any practices forbidden under this policy, for bringing a complaint of discrimination or harassment, for assisting someone with such a complaint, for attempting to stop such discrimination or harassment, or for participating in any manner in any investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination or harassment. NSU will immediately investigate and remedy (if appropriate) any reported retaliatory actions taken by the respondent or other individuals. E.2 Nonacademic Grievance Procedure Except for grievances and/or complaints involving sexual misconduct, discrimination, and disability accommodations, this process should be followed for all nonacademic grievances of policies/procedures that are not governed by a specific academic center, program, college, or school. Academic grievances should be referred to the student’s academic center. The purpose of these grievance procedures is to promote the orderly resolution of problems arising out of a student complaint concerning a policy, procedure, or administrative action of NSU. Grievances can often be adversarial, unpleasant, and unsatisfying, so we recommend that students discuss problems before resorting to the formal grievance steps. When formal grievance steps are perceived as necessary, students have a right to a fair process and hearing without retribution. This policy is not an avenue to challenge a disciplinary decision or to appeal an academic assessment. 1. First, the student should attempt to resolve an issue in dispute at the level at which the dispute occurred. This attempt must be in writing (i.e., email, regular mail, or fax). The student may wish to use certified mail to verify receipt of the correspondence. In the correspondence, the student must present a rationale for the student’s position based on factual information.