Dear Grinnell Students,
Welcome to the 2019-2020 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. While it is not the practice of the College to monitor online behavior, it should be noted that online behavior may be considered evidence of policy violations. Please keep this in mind as you engage with members of our community both in person and in today’s technological landscape.
You have our best wishes for a successful 2019-2020 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.
Associate Vice President
for Student Affairs
Anne F. Harris
Vice President for Academic Affairs
and Dean of the College
Professor of Art 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, and activities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, religion, disability, creed or any other protected class. Discrimination and harassment on any of the bases covered by state or federal antidiscrimination statutes is unlawful and a violation of Grinnell College policy.
Grinnell College recognizes that harassment can relate to an individual’s membership in more than one protected class. Targeting individuals on the basis of their membership in any protected class is also a violation of Grinnell’s Community Standards and Responsibilities and may violate the College’s Hate Crime and Bias-Motivated Incident Policy. Under these circumstances, the College will coordinate the investigation and resolution, provided that doing so does not unduly delay prompt and equitable resolution under this policy.
This policy also 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.
Bailey Asberry, Title IX Coordinator
1121 Park St.
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Regional #5 Office
500 West Madison St., Ste. 1475
Chicago, IL 60661
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, which they have missed due to religious observance, and faculty members are responsible for giving them the opportunity to do so.