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  Apr 25, 2017
 
 
    
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2016-17 STUDENT HANDBOOK

2016-17 STUDENT HANDBOOK


Introduction

Dear Grinnell Students,

Welcome to the 2016-2017 academic year at Grinnell College.

Central to our campus community is the high level of engagement expected of all who join us here. Such engagement extends beyond our intellectual and academic pursuits to include our positive participation in dialogue and decision making, our intentional and committed involvements in living communities, clubs and organizations, and the rich variety of events and performances offered at Grinnell.

Our community succeeds when all of us acknowledge and accept our responsibilities to each other and to the College. This on-line Student Handbook clarifies Grinnell's values and expectations – including policies and practices that encourage us to work well with one another and procedures for us to deal with conflicts and breaches of community expectations.

Every student should become familiar with the contents of this online Student Handbook, and take advantage of updated information about the campus community posted on the Grinnell web site.

You have our best wishes for a successful 2016-2017 academic year. Please be in contact with us if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about life at Grinnell. We're glad that you are members of our campus community.

Sincerely,


 


 
Andrea Conner
Associate Vice President
 for Student Affairs
Michael Latham
Vice President for Academic Affairs
   and Dean of the College
Professor of History

Nondiscrimination Statement of Policy

Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment for all College community members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, or activities. The College does not discriminate on the basis on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, religion, disability, creed or any other protected class. Discrimination and sexual harassment on any of the bases covered by federal antidiscrimination statutes is unlawful and a violation of Grinnell College policy.

This policy prohibits sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence against Grinnell College community members of any gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.  This policy also prohibits gender-based harassment that does not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

The College has grievance procedures for any individual who has experienced harassment or discrimination and wishes to pursue resolution.  Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination may be referred to the College's Title IX Coordinator and/or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

 

Angela Voos, Title IX Coordinator 
Grinnell College 
Nollen House
1121 Park St. 
Grinnell, IA  50112 
641-269-4999
voos@grinnell.edu

United States Department of Education 
Office for Civil Rights 
Regional #5 Office 
500 West Madison St., Ste. 1475 
Chicago, IL  60661 
312-730-1560
 

The application of the College's nondiscrimination policy will often involve conflicting interests. This may especially be the case when it is applied to questions of freedom of speech and freedom of association. Because of these inherent difficulties, the application of the nondiscrimination policy may not be simple or straightforward. Since the primary business of the College is liberal education, and because liberal education cannot take place without the free, open, and civil exchange of ideas, the application of the nondiscrimination policy should always be made with consideration of how best to preserve the free, open, and civil exchange of ideas.

Religious Observance Policy

Grinnell College acknowledges and embraces the religious diversity of its faculty, students and staff. Faculty and students share responsibility to support members of our community who observe religious holidays. Students will provide faculty members with reasonable notice of the dates of religious holidays on which they will be absent, and this notice would be expected to occur no later than the third week of the semester. Faculty members will make reasonable efforts to accommodate students who need to be absent from examinations or class due to religious observance. Students are responsible for completing any part of the course work, including examinations, that they have missed due to religious observance, and faculty members are responsible for giving them the opportunity to do so.