Tuition and Costs Apply Now

Academic Grievance Procedure

The primary objectives of the Academic Grievance Procedure are to ensure that students have the opportunity to present grievances to Bridgewater College regarding academic actions or inactions by  members of the Bridgewater College faculty, and that the College has a consistent way of resolving those grievances in a fair and just manner.

The College recognizes that problems will occasionally arise. It is usually in the best interest of both the College and the student to resolve such problems as soon as possible at the lowest possible administrative level. In order that students may be assured fairness in the consideration of such problems, a process of appeal and review to higher levels of authority has been established.

  1. The student should first attempt to resolve his/her grievance informally by discussing it with the faculty member. It is anticipated that satisfactory resolution can usually be achieved at that level. If the matter is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the student may seek further review by submitting a statement of the problem in writing to the associate dean for academic affairs. The statement should include an explanation of the problem, a listing of the facts relevant to it, a summary of any action or attempted resolution undertaken by the student, and a description of the desired resolution. The statement must be presented to the associate dean for academic affairs within fifteen (15) days of the occurrence of the problem. The associate dean will then meet with the student to discuss the grievance. After reviewing all relevant information, the associate dean will inform the student in writing of his/her decision regarding the grievance, normally within ten (10) working days after receiving the statement.
  2. If the decision of the associate dean does not resolve the matter to the student’s satisfaction, the student may request further review by submitting a statement of the problem in writing to the vice president and dean for academic affairs.  The statement should include an explanation of the problem, a listing of the facts relevant to it, a summary of any action or attempted resolution undertaken by the student, and a description of the desired resolution, along with a copy of the associate dean’s decision. The statement must be presented to the vice president within five (5) days after the date of the associate dean’s decision. Whether to accept such request and review the grievance is within the sole discretion of the vice president. If the vice president accepts the request, she/he will inform the student in writing of her/his decision regarding the grievance within ten (10) working days after receiving the statement. The decision of the vice president and dean for academic affairs is final and there is no further appeal following the vice president’s decision.