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Student Complaint Procedure

Student Complaint Procedure for the University of Dallas Educator Preparation Program (EPP)

The University of Dallas is committed to treating all students fairly and respectfully. The University's policies that apply to students are published annually in the UD Bulletin and in the UD Student Handbook. In an instance of perceived violation of a University policy, a student may file a complaint. This policy provides two avenues for pursuing a complaint: an Informal Resolution Procedure and a Formal Resolution Procedure. Students may utilize either or both procedures. The UD Student Complaint Procedure can be seen below or it is available on-line on the UD website: https://udallas.edu/studentcomplaints.

For problems other than academic issues, students who have a grievance with the Educator Preparation Program should address it with the mentor teacher or field supervisor first, the Chair of the Department of Education, then the Constantin College Dean’s. The established University protocol described in the Student Complaints Policy will be followed. If the entire process does not result in resolution of the issue, the student may forward the written complaint to TEA.

TEA Complaint Process:

The official TEA complaint process can be found at: http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Contact_Us/Complaints/Complaints/

Scroll down and select “Educator Preparation Programs”. Complainants may contact TEA staff directly at: complaintsmanagemeernt@tea.texas.gov.

The complaint process allows for an applicant or a candidate in an educator preparation program to seek redress in areas where they feel that the program did not fulfill requirements for certification or for actions that the candidate feels are wrong. Educator preparation programs may also file a complaint about the actions of other programs when it involves a candidate transferring into a program.

Not all complaints fall under the authority of TEA. TEA has jurisdiction to investigate allegations of noncompliance regarding specific laws and rules, generally related to state and federal requirements. Complaints may address educator preparation program requirements listed in Texas Administrative Code (TAC) in Chapters 227, 228, 229, ethics (TAC 247), fingerprinting (TAC §§227,232) and certification (TAC §§230, 231, 232, 239, 241, 242)

All complaints filed with the TEA must be in writing. We do not accept complaints by phone or complaints that are submitted anonymously. A person or entity may file a written complaint with TEA by filling out the complaint form online or by mailing or faxing a hard copy to the address on the form. You may fax your submission to (512) 463-9008 or email it to generalinquiry@tea.texas.gov.

To adequately review and address a complaint, TEA needs specific details. We must be able to identify a clear violation of TAC and determine whether the agency has authority to act upon the allegation.

Complaints submissions should include the following:

  • The reasons you believe the issues raised in your complaint are valid. You should also indicate how you believe that TEA can assist you with this matter. Remember that TEA cannot assist you in understanding your contractual arrangement with the educator preparation program, arranging for a refund, obtaining a higher grade or credit for training, or seeking reinstatement to an educator preparation program.
  • Documentation to support your claim when possible. For example, if you refer in your complaint to an educator preparation program policy, include a copy of the policy with your complaint. Helpful documentation might include letters or e-mails exchanged between the parties.

Texas Education Agency staff will send confirmation of a complaint within 30 days of receiving the submission. Remember, information the public sends to TEA by email may not be secure. Do not email sensitive information to TEA. The agency will remove confidential or sensitive information when replying by email. TEA will maintain confidentiality of information to the extent the law allows.

Referenced requirement: TEXAS ADMINISTRATIVE CODE §228. 70

UD Student Complaint Procedure

The University of Dallas is committed to treating all students fairly and respectfully. The University's policies that apply to students are published annually in the UD Bulletin and in the UD Student Handbook. These publications are available on-line on the UD website. In an instance of perceived violation of a University policy, a student may file a complaint. This policy provides two avenues for pursuing a complaint: an Informal Resolution Procedure and a Formal Resolution Procedure. Students may utilize either or both procedures.

Informal Resolution Procedure

The student arranges a meeting with the person involved with the complaint and/or with the direct supervisor of the person involved. For example, a student who perceives that he or she has been graded unfairly on an assignment should meet with the faculty member who assigned the grade. In this example, the meeting with the faculty member may be followed up with a meeting with the department chair or the original meeting might be with the department chair. Another example would be a complaint in the Business Office involving the Bursar. The student would meet with the Bursar and/or the Director of Finance.

If the informal process does not resolve the complaint, the student may utilize the formal complaint procedure.

Formal Resolution Procedure

A formal complaint is in writing and sets forth a statement of the issue, the University policy or procedures violated, and the specific remedy sought.

The complaint is normally submitted using an online form found on the UD website on the Student Complaints page. The complaint can also be submitted on paper to the appropriate office:

  • Academic complaints to the appropriate academic dean
  • Student Affairs complaints to the Dean of Students
  • Business Office complaints to the Director of Finance
  • Financial Aid complaints to the Dean of Enrollment
  • Registrar Office complaints to the Registrar
  • Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment to the Title IX Coordinator
  • A complaint against a Dean, Director, Vice-President, etc., is submitted to the direct supervisor, such as the Provost or President
  • A complaint against the President to the Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Other complaints to the Director of Human Resources

Level 1

Absent extraordinary circumstances, the person, normally a Dean or Director, to whom the complaint has been submitted conducts, within seven (7) business days of receiving the complaint, a formal conference with the student, permitting her or him to provide any necessary relevant information. The Dean or Director confers with the other person or persons involved and conducts an additional investigation as he or she deems necessary. Absent extraordinary circumstances, a written recommendation is sent within seven (7) business days of the first formal conference. The recommendation is sent to the student and the other involved person or persons. The written recommendation states the background information, the rationale for the recommendation, and the recommended remedy, if any. Copies of the original complaint and the written recommendation are kept in the Dean or Director's Office for a minimum of five years.

Level 2

If the complaint is not resolved in level 1, the student or one of the other involved parties may, with fourteen (14) business days of receipt of the level 1 recommendation, appeal to the direct supervisor of the person who wrote the recommendation. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the supervisor holds a hearing within fourteen (14) business days of receipt of the appeal or complaint. Absent extraordinary circumstances, a written recommendation is sent to the student and others within fourteen (14) business days of such hearing.  In cases of appeals to level 2, copies of the original complaint and the level 1 and 2 written recommendations are kept in the supervisor's office for a minimum of five years.

Level 3

Except in the case of a complaint against the President, where the Board of Trustees has final authority, appeals of the level 2 recommendation are submitted to the President within fourteen (14) business days. The President makes the final decision. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the President's written decision is sent to the student and other parties within fourteen (14) business days of receiving the level 3 appeal. In cases of appeals to level 3, copies of the original complaint, the previous written recommendations, and the final decision are kept in the President's Office for a minimum of five years.

11/20/2015

Preparing for your certification tests

TExES Exam Test Preparation Programs

Below is a list of some of the available test preparation programs.  In addition the UD Education Department has some test question manuals and books available for check out.  Please carefully study  each option before purchasing.

Certify Teacher 

The University of Dallas Education Department now requires all of the Educational Preparation Program candidates to use Certify Teacher as a study guides for their TExES exam, as long as Certify Teacher has an applicable course.  This program offers computer simulated exams, study and exam mode, flashcards, and Exam Preparation tips.  You will need to contact the Certification Office to get access to the appropriate module. 

Educational Testing Services (ETS). 

TExES Tests At A Glance 

This test preparation resource — Test at a Glance — gives you a quick overview of the test and includes:

•  Test name
•  Test code
•  Length of test
•  Number and types of questions
•  Domains and approximate percentage of the test
•  Domains and competencies

To view or print the PDF publications you will need the latest version of Adobe Acrobat® Reader on your computer.

Preparation Manuals

These test preparation manuals are designed to help you prepare for the TExES test in the field in which you are seeking certification. Their purpose is to familiarize you with the competencies to be tested, test question formats and pertinent study resources. 

NOTE: These TExES preparation manuals are the only TExES test study materials endorsed by Texas Education Agency (TEA). Other preparation materials may not accurately reflect the content of the test or the policies and procedures of the TExES program.

Test Preparation Manuals may not be reproduced for commercial use but may be copied for educational purposes. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) would appreciate credit for the material used and a copy of the reprint.

Key Features of the Manuals

  • Breakdown of the test
  • A list of the domains and competencies that will be tested
  • Strategies for answering multiple-choice questions
  • Sample test questions and an answer key with rationales

New preparation manuals are enhanced with features that make them more interactive - they contain bookmarks and links to help you navigate to the different sections of the manuals.

If you have any questions after reading these manuals or you would like additional information about the TExES tests or the educator standards, please visit the TEA website.

To view or print the PDF manuals below, you need the latest version of Adobe Acrobat® Reader. 

Interactive Practice Tests

Interactive Practice Tests are full-length practice tests that include correct answers, explanations for correct answers and an automatic score summary report.

TExES Certification Review for Teachers (T-Cert)

Texas A&M University system and the Texas Education Agency have teamed up to provide this test preparation site. The purpose of this website is to help teacher candidates, novice teachers and experienced teacher pass TExES (Texas Examination of Educator Standards) exams. 

Each module is designed to enhance the preparation you received from your preparation program.  The practice tests are $30  and require a login account to access the test preparation materials.    

The components of each module are designed to enhance the preparation you have received from your teacher preparation program.

Each module contains the following sections:

  • Documents & Handouts: These are supporting documents needed for the review video.
  • Presentation: This is a review for each subject area with practice test questions for each competency.
  • Video: This is a video review session presented by a subject matter expert.
  • Practice Questions: A practice quiz over the content covered in the presentation is available.
  • Certificate: Certificates are available for you to print once you have completed all sections (Presentation, Video and Quiz) of the review module.

240 Tutoring

240 Tutoring is an online resource for teachers preparing for their certification test. They equip students with test specific instructional content and practice questions to review and prepare them for the test.

Ed Publishing – Pass the TExES

Online tutoring module, downloadable e-book or  hard copy study guide, free electronic version with purchase of hard copy guide, Multiple tests both initial certification and professional certifications.

Helpful Links

The sites listed are links of interest for all students in teacher preparation programs:

Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)
http://www.atpe.org/JoinATPE

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Dallas
http://www.csodallas.org/

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Fort Worth
http://fwdioc.org/catholic-schools-about

Educational Testing Service (Test Registration and Study Guides for TExES/ExCET)
http://www.texes.ets.org

Irving Independent School District
http://www.irvingisd.net

Kappa Delta Pi
http://www.kdp.org

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar

Texas Education Agency/State Board for Educator Certification
http://www.tea.state.tx.us

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us

Texas Legislature Online
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us

Job Board    

 Catholic School Positions in British Columbia, Canada (Received 6/6/2018)

There is currently a teacher shortage with approximately 15 to 20 positions in the dioceses. Our schools offer room for advancement, training, and have a very good support system.   If you are interested in teaching in a Catholic Elementary School, please use the link below to apply.

 Alief ISD Job Fair (received 4/24/2018)

The Alief Independent School District in Houston, TX will hold the Alief ISD Teacher Job Fair on Saturday, May 5, 2018. We would like to extend an invitation to this event to your future teachers.

Alief ISD was selected as one of the TOP Work Places by the Houston Chronicle for 2016 and 2017. With a starting salary of $53,600, the best benefits package of all area school districts and outstanding teacher development programs – Alief ISD continues to be the best option for new teachers. Campus administrators representing over 40 schools will be present to interview, schedule future interviews, and offer Letters of Intent for candidates on the day of the fair. Additional information has been attached so that you may post or share the information with your students.

Alief ISD appreciates your contribution to the development of educators and looks forward to participating in the future success of your graduates!

Dallas ISD - Job Fair (received 4/24/2018)

Dallas ISD is hosting another job fair on Thursday, April 26, all clinical teachers are encouraged to attend. On Saturday, May 19, clinical teachers will have early access to the job fair. We will send details to the clinical teachers later towards the May 19th date. To view all the job fair dates, visit https://www.dallasisd.org/hcmjobfair.

 Our principals are currently focusing their hiring efforts on internal candidates in non-critical shortage areas such as EC-6, English, PE, art, music, etc. However, our clinical teachers who are certified in critical areas such as special education, bilingual, math and science are currently being considered for hire, and some have even been hired.

Thank you for your time, and let me know if you have any questions.

Jill Peeples
Coordinator of Clinical Teaching
Dallas Independent School District
Office: (972)-925-4248
Cell: (682) 802-5001

Saint Theresa Catholic School in Houston, Texas (received 3/28/2018)

Saint Theresa Catholic School in Houston, Texas is the only classical school in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.  We currently have openings for three teachers for the 2018-2019 academic year, 8th Grade Teacher, Pre-K 4 Teacher, and 4th Grade Teacher.  Please contact Dr. Mark Newcomb at (281) 494-1157 or mnewcomb@sttheresacatholicschool.org 

Trinity Catholic Academy (received 3/26/2018)

Trinity Catholic Academy is seeking two full-time, junior high teaching positions for the 2018-19 school year.  TCA in LaSalle, Illinois is an elementary-junior high school in the Diocese of Peoria and currently has 217 students enrolled.  Candidates will need an Illinois educator licensure (PEL) with middle school endorsements.  They are looking for practicing Catholics in good standing who are excited to live and share their faith in our school and parish family.  Please refer to the detailed job posting for more information.

Applicants can apply for the position at the diocesan website www.cdop.org.  Or you may contact Mrs. Deb Myers, Assistant Principal, at dmyers@lasallecatholic.or or (815) 223-8523.

Ville De Marie Academy in Scottsdale, AZ (received 3/5/2018)

 Founded in 1991, we are an Independent, K-12 Catholic Classical Liberal Arts School located in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Our Faculty are required to sign an Oath of Fidelity to the Magisterium and Profession of Faith to the Catholic Church.  Our faculty and students attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on a daily basis. Our purpose is to cultivate wisdom and virtue by nourishing the souls of our students in all that is true, beautiful and good, so that in Christ, the student is better able to attain the noble end for which he was created - to know, love and glorify God both now and forever.

Due to growth in our student body, we are seeking upper school teachers familiar with classical, Catholic liberal arts education and are enthusiastic about teaching youth.  Candidates must be loyal, practicing Catholics who are motivated, organized and possess the ability to challenge, encourage and lead students.  Previous teaching experience is desirable but not required.

Please see attached brochure for details on the different positions: Humanitites Instructor and   Math/Science Instructor.  For further information about Ville de Marie Academy, please visit:  www.villedemarieacademy.org.  Please forward cover letter and resume to: Mr. Daniel Ethridge at dethridge@villedemarieacademy.org.  Salary commensurate with experience.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Tutor Job (received 2/1/2018)

Looking for an Education Major to help tutor children 15 to 20 hours a week at $15/hour.  The children are ages 11 & 10 and live in Flower Mound.  If you are interested please contact Kyle and Keren Club at kylekeren@gmail.com

 Dallas ISD Teacher Positions Openings (updated 1/28/2018)

Current openings in Dallas ISD. If you are graduating in the fall and are interested  in these openings below, please contact Jill Peeples, Coordinator of Clinical Teaching, DISD, Office (972) 925-4248, Email: jpeeples@dallasisd.org. 

  • Rosemont Elementary - 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Jill Stone Elementary - ESL Kindergarten Teacher
  • Conrad High School - English I & III Teacher 
  • PPCD Unit with 3-5 year olds w/disabilities at K.B. Polk Center for Academically Talented and Gifted
  • English II at Conrad High School
  • 3rd and 4th grade bilingual at Whitney Young Elementary
  • 8th grade math and 6th grade ELAR at Sam Tasby Middle School
  • 7th grade math at W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy

JOB FAIR - NCTASPA (North Central Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators) Teacher Career Fair (posted 1/25/18)

When: April 30, 2018
Time: All Day (most likely 8 am - 5 pm)
Where: Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011

 Volunteer Opportunity with Down Syndrome Children (received 1/24/2018)

Volunteers are need to assist with the National Down Syndrome Congress 46th Annual Convention at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel & Convention Center this summer July 12 - 15, 2018.  They are specifically looking for students to help with the Youth & Adults Conference adn Kids' Camp.  Volunteers for the Youth & Adult Conference would lead a group of 8 individuals with Down Syndrome ages 15 and older in acitivities and workshops planned a presented by thier peers.  Volunteers for Kids' Camp will assist children ages 6 months to 14 years while they participate in crafts, games, and educational activities.  During this time, their parents participate in the General Convention.  

Please refer to the convention website and our volunteer registration website for more detailed information about the convention and our volunteer needs.  You can contact Janice Troy, Volunteer Coordinator at janice@ndsccenter.org.

Teachers needed in Yukon, Oklahoma  (posted 9/18/17)

Yukon Public Schools is located 15 minutes west of Oklahoma City, with approximately 8500 students and growing at a rate of 2-3% each year.  Please refer to the attached flyer for more information or the website www.yukonps.com

If you have further questions, please contact Jason D. Brunk at jason.brunk@yukonps.com

 

Graduate School Opportunities

Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education/University of Portland School of Education

PACE is a two year post-graduate program that serves Catholic Schools in the West. PACE program participants teach full-time, live together in intentional communities, and earn tuition-free graduate degrees in education.  Teachers commit to three summers of academic coursework and two years of teaching.  For more information please reference the attached letter or visit PACE's webpage at education.up.edu/pace.

You can also contact Dr. Steven Wojcikiewicz at wojcikie@up.edu

Application Deadline is January 23, 2018

 

News

When Foresight Is 20/20: Endowment Gains 27 Percent in One Stroke Thanks to $10 Investment 24 Years Ago

At a time when many small liberal arts universities are struggling, the University of Dallas has some good news to offer: The strategic sale of the apartment complex owned by the university for 24 years has increased the endowment by nearly 27 percent, or $16 million, bringing the current value to over $76 million. Further, this increase is predicted to eventually generate an additional $800,000 annually for UD's operations, capital and maintenance budgets.

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