Contact Information
Bill Wilkerson


Presiding Officer of Faculty

Chair of College Senate


State University of New York

College at Oneonta

Oneonta, NY  13820



Subcommittee on Undergraduate Student Academic Grievances


Guidelines (from the Student Handbook)

The Subcommittee on Undergraduate Student Academic Grievances was founded to ensure fair, orderly and expeditious consideration for any students who feel they may have an individual grievance relating to such mat-ters as grading practices, application of curriculum restrictions, nature or method of instruction or course content. A student’s dissatisfaction with an instructor’s grading judgment does not constitute a grievance.

The Subcommittee shall consist of two undergraduate students and two alternates (chosen in the same way as students on other College committees), two faculty members and two alternates elected by the faculty, and one administrator appointed by the Provost. The administrative appointee and the faculty members shall serve three-year terms, except that in the initial election, one faculty member will be elected for a two-year term. Students shall serve one-year terms.

The Subcommittee shall adjudicate each case according to common and accepted academic practices. It shall sustain grievances where instructors have not employed such practices and reject grievances where instructors have employed such practices.

Students having academic grievances should adhere to the following pro-cedure:
Step 1: Confer with the instructor involved in an attempt to solve the prob-lem.
Step 2: If still unsatisfied, confer with the Student Academic Grievance Committee of the department involved in a second effort to achieve a resolution. A department should first determine if the matter brought to it is grievable under existing policies. If the matter is grievable, the departmental grievance committee should attempt to arbitrate differences. After its attempt to arbitrate the grievance, the departmental committee should inform the student whether or not it has secured a solution agreeable to both parties.
Step 3: If the arbitration fails, the student may carry the grievance to the Subcommittee on Student Academic Grievances, where it will be adjudi-cated. The departmental committee does not have the power to adjudicate.

Operating Guidelines for the Subcommittee on Undergraduate Student Academic Grievances
The Subcommittee will use its own judgment of common and accepted academic practices in reviewing the acceptability of particular academic practices and their applications to the grievances in question.

The Subcommittee will consult with the student(s) involved and other rele-vant parties in its effort to reach a decision. (The chairs of Elementary and Adolescence Education will be consulted in appeals involving student teaching for their respective areas.)

After considering a grievance, the Subcommittee shall designate a specific course of action or disposition. The Subcommittee shall give in writing to all direct parties of a grievance a statement of its disposition and a justification of its decision. The Subcommittee’s decisions shall be final and shall be justifiable according to accepted academic practices. Accepted academic practices may be defined by the faculty in meeting may define academic practices and the Committee on Instruction shall move for such a definition when requested to do so by any party to a grievance. Such definitions shall be binding upon the Subcommittee.

2016-2017 Members (terms expire)

Andrea Gerberg, Milne Library (2017)
Bianca Tredennick, English (2018)
Paul Bauer, Economics, Finance and Accounting (2018)
Amie Doughty, English (2018)
Bethany Marx, Theatre (2019)