The Division of Student Affairs at Hocking College involves many staff, departments, programs and services that provide a supportive environment that enhances the personal development and learning for all students. Student Affairs staff work in partnership with faculty and staff, students and families, to serve as a resource and guide.
The Academic Appeal Process provides students with the opportunity to voice their concerns about a classroom or academic experience. This process provides an unbiased forum to discuss your experience.
Students wishing to appeal or discuss an academic or classroom concern should start this process within two weeks of the incident creating concern. No adverse action will be taken against a student who chooses to utilize this process.
PRIOR TO SUBMITTING AN ACADEMIC APPEAL, THE STUDENT MUST FIRST DISCUSS THE SITUATION WITH THE FACULTY MEMBER.
If the situation is not resolved with the faculty member, the student begins the academic appeal process by submitting documentation to the Program Director/Commander/Department Chair of the program.
Please review all of the steps involved in the process stated below. Since this is a formal process, you should keep copies of all records and activities relative to this appeal and be properly prepared to present your appeal.
The first step in filing an appeal is to gather pertinent data, which may include (but is not limited to):
Make sure you describe in writing what happened, when it happened, why it happened, and how it happened. Organize your thoughts and be as specific as possible with dates, times and a list of any witnesses. Be factual.
Make an appointment with the academic leader supervising the department responsible for the course. Present your documentation respectfully and discuss your concerns with the experience and your meeting with the instructor.
The Program Director/Commander/Department Chair will gather information and discuss with the faculty member. They may also have a meeting with the student and faculty member.
The Program Director/Commander/Department Chair will submit the decision in writing to the student and faculty member within one week of the initial meeting with the student.
If the situation is not resolved, the student will submit their appeal to the Dean. All previous documentation from the student, faculty member and Program Director/Commander/Department Chair will be forwarded to the Dean.
The Dean's decision is final and may not be appealed.
Hocking College is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunity regardless of sex, marital or parental status, race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability. Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity receiving federal assistance by the way of grant, contract, or loan. Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is similar in its prohibition of employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, color or national origin.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibit discrimination against qualified individual with disabilities.
Equal educational opportunity includes: admissions, recruitment, extra-curricular programs and assistance, employment, health and insurance services and athletics. Inquiries regarding compliance with any of these federal regulations may be directed to the Department of Education, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Title IX is a resource on sexual misconduct for students, faculty, staff, and visitors who are part of the Hocking College community. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
Hocking College is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility and mutual respect in an environment free of sexual misconduct and discrimination. Sexual discrimination violates an individual's fundamental rights and personal dignity. Hocking College considers sexual discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense. This resource refers to all forms of sexual discrimination, including: sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence by employees, students, or third parties. (Title 20 U.S.C. Sections 1681-1688)
The Hocking College Sexual Misconduct Policy can be found in the College Catalog.
Tell a trusted person about the incident. Contact Hocking College Police Department. You may also contact Hocking College's Counseling Center. Residence Life and Campus Police can provide immediate referral information, access to the college counselor on call, and/or investigation assistance.
Various supportive measures are available for those who have experienced sexual misconduct. These support sources include:
Athens County Sheriff's Department
13 W Washington St #100
Athens, OH 45701
Residence Life and Staff
All Employees of Hocking College are "responsible employees" by Title IX standards and are mandated to report acts of violence for Title IX investigation.
Athens County Prosecutor / Victim Assistance
Keller Blackburn, Prosecutor
Alli Purcell, Victim Advocate
1 S. Court St., Athens, OH 45701
Hopewell Heath Center
Oakley Hall 210
Weekday and Weekend Hours
These suggestions may help you to reduce your risk for being accused of sexual misconduct:
The Hocking Behavioral Intervention Team (HBIT) is a group of staff and faculty who assess at-risk situations on the Nelsonville, Logan and Perry campuses and develops action plans to address such situations. The HBIT is a multidisciplinary team comprised of Residence Life, Counseling Center, Judicial Affairs, Campus Safety, Faculty and other applicable parties. The team meets weekly to discuss incidents of student behavior and to assess, intervene and monitor any concerns referred to the HBIT through the Student Incident Reporting system.
Incidents may include the following:
The Hocking College Office of Student Conduct is a resource center for all members of the Hocking College community to ensure that community standards are upheld and to educate students, faculty and staff on the importance and role of social responsiblity in the educational process. Delivery of this task complete through the administration of the Student Code of Conduct. The college expects that all student adhere to the expectations set forth in this document and hold each other accountable for their role in ensuring a healthy, learning-centered environment.
The mission of the Ombudsman is to assist students with the resolution of problems to support retention and to foster respect across the campus community. The Office of the Ombudsman provides a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment for students to discuss their concerns or complaints outside formal channels. The Ombudsman cannot impose solutions, but identifies options and strategies for resolution.
Before contacting the Ombudsman, students should attempt to resolve their issues at the department or service center level. If a satisfactory resolution has not been obtained through these channels, the student should request assistance by filling out the Ombudsman Assistance Request form.