Student Academic Complaint Committee (SACC)
The process for handling student academic complaints informally is described in the Department Operating Procedures. Formal complaints are handled by the Student Academic Complaints Committee.
The establishment and procedures for the Student Academic Complaint Committee are governed by University Policy 3342-4-02.3. The SACC will consist of 4 Faculty selected by the Departmental faculty, together with one student selected as described below. The Department Chair is not a member of the committee, and does not participate in its deliberations. The Chair of the SACC is elected by the SACC at the beginning of each academic year.
The student member(s) of the committee will be selected by the Department Chair from at least two nominees chosen by the Departmental student organization that the Department Chair and the Faculty Advisory Committee identify as being most reflective of the academic mission of the Department. This organization will be identified in the Department Operating Procedures. Two undergraduate nominees and two graduate nominees who are majors in good standing in the unit shall be forwarded to the Department Chair on or before September fifteenth of each year. In the event the nominations are not received, the Department Chair shall select an undergraduate and a graduate student, who is a major in good standing, to serve. The undergraduate student will sit on complaints from undergraduate courses, and the graduate student will sit on complaints from graduate courses.
In the event that a member of the Student Academic Complaint Committee is the subject of or may otherwise be involved with a student complaint, the FAC will select a replacement from the full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty. If the Chair of the SACC is the subject of or may otherwise be involved with a student complaint, the Chair will appoint a member of the Student Academic Complaint Committee to chair the committee and the FAC will appoint an additional member to the committee from the full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty.