Sexual and other harassment of student, faculty, or staff is not tolerated at Graceland University. Sexual and other harassment diminishes the university in achieving its mission through its insidious and detrimental impact on individual students, faculty, staff and the university community as a whole. All harassment stifles the realization of the victim’s full potential as a student, faculty or staff member. Harassment is especially serious when it threatens relations between faculty and student or supervisor and subordinate by unfairly exploiting the power differential between the parties in the relationship. Likewise, Graceland University does not tolerate harassment between people of equal university status.
Procedures relating to this policy are available upon request from the Dean of Student’s office or available on the Graceland University website.
Graceland University takes photographs and videotapes of students throughout the year. These images often include students in classrooms, residence halls, microlabs, at athletic events and other university activities. Graceland reserves the right to use these photographs and videotapes in the promotion of the university. Students who enroll at Graceland University do so with the understanding that photographs may be taken which would include them and these photos may be used in university publications, newspapers and other media for promotional purposes only. Names of students may be released to the press regarding student involvement in academic and extracurricular activities.
The university may dismiss or remove a student whose mental or physical condition constitutes a threat or undue burden to himself/herself or others. A student may also be suspended/expelled for cause if his or her actions are found to be detrimental to the university community. In case of suspension/expulsion for cause, the student will receive failing grades for the semester. Re-enrollment requires permission from the Dean of Students.
Graceland University will generally handle complaints or concerns of students through the grievance procedure. This procedure is designed to handle situations expediently. Graceland University will handle complaints or concerns with sensitivity, confidentiality, and with respect to the Graceland community. A copy of the grievance procedure is available in the Dean of Students office (Lamoni) or from the respective School Dean (Independence).
PROCEDURE Any member of the Graceland student body who has a complaint or concern may initiate the following informal and formal actions. Access of information provided by the complainant will be available only to those persons on a reasonable need-to-know basis.
Informal Procedure. The purpose of the informal procedure is to provide an opportunity to mediate a mutually acceptable resolution between the parties. A complainant is encouraged to use the informal procedure prior to a formal complaint process.
**Issues dealing with harassment, including sexual harassment, should be handled in accordance with the University Harassment Policy. Issues involving student grades are not subject to this grievance policy. Refer to the "Student Appeal of Final Grade" policy and procedure.