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Grievance Procedures

If you have a concern regarding accessibility or suspected disability discrimination, you may contact the appropriate office listed below to discuss informal resolution of your concerns or mechanisms for filing a formal complaint.  The campus is committed to resolving complaints informally whenever possible.  However, there are procedures available to students, staff, faculty and visitors for filing formal complaints of disability discrimination or failure to provide reasonable accommodation.  When the campus receives a formal complaint, it coordinates handling of the complaint through the appropriate process.  The campus takes complaints seriously and acts promptly to resolve concerns and provide remedies where appropriate.

The following campus resources can provide further information about complaint resolution and grievance procedures:


Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities - Student Grievance Procedures

The Student Grievance Procedures documentation is developed by the Chancellor and approved by Student Academic Services at UC Office of the President, in consultation with the Office of General Counsel, and outlines procedures to resolve grievances claiming to have been the subject of any of the following types of University action:

•Violation of privacy rights.

•Discriminatory practices based on gender.

•Discriminatory practices based on disability.

•Discriminatory practices based on race, color, or national origin.

Other types of actions that may be grieved, such as discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, age, or marital status, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, citizenship, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled.

In addition, the Student Grievance Procedures, in 901.E.3.c, cover the process for complaints related to grading.

Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination

Title VII and Title IX for inquiries by students, staff, or faculty.

Title IX prohibits sex or gender discrimination in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. UC Merced is committed to creating and maintaining a community free of all forms of discrimination and harassment, including gender discrimination. Gender discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence, which are prohibited by law and University policy. The Title IX office takes reports of gender discrimination, including allegation of sexual harassment and sexual violence. The Title IX coordinator ensures that all complaints are handled in accordance with established policies and procedures.



The Office of the Vice Provost for the Faculty , for inquiries by or about faculty.

  Faculty Misconduct

The Office of the Vice Provost for the Faculty oversees concerns relating to faculty misconduct. To file a report or inquire further, please contact the Faculty Case Manager, Annie Saetern, at

  Faculty Grievance

A grievance by a Senate faculty member alleges that a right or privilege of the grievant has been violated. Grievances are filed with the Committee on Privilege and Tenure of the Academic Senate (P&T).



Employee and Labor Relations, for inquiries by staff.