What is a Complaint?
A complaint is a criticism, grievance, or protest. A complaint may be academic (in content) or related to another area or service of the university.
Academic Complaints include the following: Academic conduct and discipline, academic standing (probation, suspension, and/or dismissal), and grade appeals.
Non-Academic Complaints include the following: admission appeals and petitions for readmission, bursar appeals, discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, financial aid and scholarships appeals, parking and traffic appeals, residency appeals, student conduct and judicial appeals, student housing appeals, and university police department appeals.
General Complaints are used when a student cannot determine if the complaint is academic or nonacademic.
Complaint Submissions by Students
Students have the right to file complaints about the conduct or behavior performed on the part of the institution or by any of its agents. The Office of Leadership & Advocacy maintains the process for the review of, response, and attempted resolution of academic, non-academic or general complaints for students. The complaint process encourages the use of an informal resolution process to resolve complaints. It also provides a formal resolution process and protocol that may be utilized by students when a complaint is not resolved through the informal process.
To Use the Informal Process:
Proceed to the Student Complaint Form and submit your complaint. You may also contact the Office of Leadership & Advocacy directly by calling 662-915-7247 or sending an email to email@example.com.
To Use the Formal Process:
Proceed to the Student Complaint Form and submit your complaint. Review the policy listed in the UM Policy Directory (Policy Number DSA.DS.100.003) and proceed with Step One. If you need assistance identifying the first point of contact for your complaint, contact the Office of Leadership & Advocacy using the information listed above.
If you have questions or need assistance related to the University's Student Complaint Policy, you may contact the Office of Leadership & Advocacy at 662-915-7247 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complaint Submissions by Faculty, Staff, Others
Faculty or staff wishing to submit a complaint should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity & Regulatory Compliance or Human Resources. Contact information for these areas of the University are provided below.
Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance