Student Complaints

Student Complaints

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 on-line 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.

To access the student complaint form, please click here.

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