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Non-discrimination Policy:

Newharbor International University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in matters of admissions, employment and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. No person shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, national and ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, creed, or disability. Generally spoken, the University offers its programs via its online portal by means of virtual classes. Occasionally, certain activities may be organized in a more traditional classroom setting, either at the University premise or at the University atriculated partner institution. If such is the case, students with disabilities may request for specific accommodations in the classrooms. At that time, the University will evaluate the request to determine if the request can be reasonably met. Disabled students must meet the same academic performance standards as any other student enrolled in any program.                       

 

Drug & Alcohol Policy:

Illegal drugs and/or alcohol is not permitted nor tolerated at the University venue. If a student exhibits signs of being under the influence, either in a traditional classroom setting as well as during virtual classroom sessions, the student will be dismissed for the day, and may be withdrawn from the program. The student may not attend class until a review is made and the appropriate faculty member has given permission for the student to again attend class. 

 

Student’s Right to Privacy:

NHIU affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records.

  1. Students are afforded the right to access official records directly related to the student. Students who wish to see their records must make an appointment through the University. Students may not remove any materials but are entitled, at their expense, to one copy of material contained in their file;

  2. Student’s written consent must be received prior to releasing personally identifiable student data from the records to other than a specified list of exceptions;

  3. The University is authorized to release public directory information concerning students. Directory information includes the student’s name, local and permanent addresses, phone number, e­mail address, date of birth, photographs, major field of study, dates of attendance, residency status, degrees and awards received, and most recent previous educational institution attended by the student;

  4. The University is authorized to provide access to student records to University officials and employees who have legitimate educational interests to such access;

 

Harassment Policy:

It is the policy of the University that the provided educational environment, whether at the physical University venue, the location of the articulated partner institutions or in the virual campus environment, is free of all forms of improper or unlawful harassment including sexual harassment or sexually offensive conduct. Faculty, staff or student conduct which violates this policy includes:

  • Unwelcome or unwanted sexual advances;

  • Requests for sexual favors;

  • Any overt or subtle suggestion that a grade or other academic achievement is dependent upon granting sexual favors or submitting to sexual requests;

  • Unwelcome physical contact including patting, pinching, hugging, kissing, fondling, etc.;

  • Offensive conduct, verbal or written including sexually explicit jokes, comments, innuendo, or other tasteless action that would offend a reasonably sensitive person;

  • Display of sexually offensive pictures, posters, illustrations or objects;

  • Slurs, jokes or ridicule based on race, ethnic or national origin, religion, gender or disability;

 

Conduct deemed to be in violation of this policy is prohibited and will not be tolerated by the University. Retaliation, in any form, against a person raising such a concern also will not be tolerated by the University. Any student or applicant concerned with the University’s compliance with this policy may direct questions or concerns to the President of the University or may elect to utilize the University’s grievance processes as outlined in the Academic Student Grievance section of this catalog.

Academic Student Grievance:

Newharbor International University has a responsibility to protect the rights of students and ensure compliance with its non-discrimination policy by providing an appeal process for those who wish to file grievances against the University including claims of discrimination. The Academic Student Grievance allows for and encourages the resoving of grievances informally. If the informal grievance procedure is not able to resolve the grievance, students may contact the university to initiate a formal grievance procedure.

 

Formal  Grievance Procedure:

If a grievance has not been satisfactorily resolved by informal procedures, the student may initiate a formal appeal procedure which consists of the following steps:

STEP 1:

The student initiates a formal appeal by filing a written grievance with the Dean of Academic Affairs within thirty (30) days of the act or event, which is the subject of the grievance.

 

Within ten (10) working days of receiving the grievance, the Dean shall conduct any necessary investigation and contact the student in an effort to resolve the grievance. Within ten (10) working days thereafter, the Dean shall present all concerned parties with a written answer to the grievance.

 

STEP 2:

If a grievance has not been satisfactorily resolved in Step 1, all information presented at Step 1 shall be included with the grievance and the Dean shall submit to the President a report describing attempts to resolve the grievance at Step 1.

 

Within five (5) working days of receiving the grievance, the President shall conduct any necessary investigation and contact the griever in an effort to resolve the grievance. The President shall present all concerned parties with a written answer to the grievance within ten (10) working days after the meeting. This decision is final.

Informal  Grievance Procedure:

Students are encouraged to resolve grievances informally. If a student has a complaint regarding a faculty member or a member of the University’s administration, they must try to resolve the matter with that person directly. The University does not initiate formal grievance procedures unless informal efforts to resolve the grievance have been exhausted and the student has been provided a written description of such efforts.

 

NHIU distinguishes two types of Academic Student Grievance:

 

1.  Grade Related Academic Student Grievance:

Prior to submitting a grade appeal, students must attempt to contact the faculty member involved. The faculty member is obliged to review grade calculations for accuracy and respond to student inquiries in writing within ten days of the request with a summary of the grade calculation. Every reasonable attempt should be made by both parties to resolve the issue at this level. The instructor’s decision is final.  

 

All grade appeals must be initiated within six weeks of the course end date. Grade disputes that are based on alleged discrimination as defined under the heading Non-discrimination Policy and Harassment Policy, are reviewed as non-grade related grievances. If the instructor does not respond to the student within ten days, the student may contact the university to initiate a formal appeal.

 

2.  Non-Grade Related Academic Student Grievance:

When a concern occurs, the student is asked to discuss the concern directly with the concerned instructor. If a resolution does not occur, the student may contact the university to initiate a formal appeal.