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Standards:Student Bill of Rights - Grievance Procedure

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The complainant submits a detailed complaint, in writing, to the chair of the Grievance Committee.

As expeditiously as possible, the Grievance Committee will be convened to collect information from all parties involved. The chair of the committee will ensure that the accused has an opportunity to see and respond to all statements made against him or her.

If the committee finds that no grievance has taken place, the matter will be considered resolved, and the parties shall receive notification that the case will go no further.

If the committee finds that the grievance has merit, it will prepare a complete report of its findings, including the statements of the accused party, statements from other witnesses, and the committee's conclusions about the nature and seriousness of the event that has taken place.

This report shall be submitted to the Executive Director of IDEA-NL, who shall review the evidence and, if necessary, request additional information.

In consultation with the Grievance Committee, the Executive Director of IDEA-NL shall determine an appropriate sanction. Depending on the severity of the event, this sanction may include any of the following: oral reprimands; written reprimands to be sent to supervisors or NGOs; removal from future participation in IDEA sanctioned events; revocation of accreditation. (Please note: this should not be viewed as an exhaustive listing of all possible sanctions, only the most likely).

Protection of Students' Rights

Attempts at retaliation, slander, or abuse from any party - either during the grievance procedure or after resolution of the complaint - will be subject to the most strenuous penalties of the policy.

All participants will be asked to keep the proceedings confidential during intervention and after resolution.

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