Discrimination & Ethics Complaints

Complaint Process

GRCC values accountability and inclusion, and to those ends, we maintain a process to respond to concerns related to discrimination or ethics complaints.

The College maintains an Ethics Monitoring System for an individual to report any concerns related to ethics violations. Ethics concerns might include misconduct, mismanagement of funds, conflicts of interest, etc. Ethics violations may also include concerns of unlawful discrimination based on a protected status, such as race, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

Filing a Report

Making a report means telling someone in authority what happened, in person, by telephone, in writing or by email. Deciding whether to make a report and choosing how to proceed are personal decisions. At the time a report is made,you do not have to decide whether or not to request any particular course of action, nor do you need to know how to label what happened. Choosing to make a report and deciding how to proceed after making that report can be a process that unfolds over time. The College provides support that can assist each individual in making these important decisions and, to the extent legally possible, will respect an individual's autonomy in deciding how to proceed. In this process, the College will balance the individual's interest with its obligation to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all members of the College community.

Any individual who reports prohibited conduct can be assured that all reports will be reviewed and addressed in a fair and impartial manner. All individuals involved can expect to be treated with dignity and respect. In every report, the College will make an immediate assessment of any risk of harm to the College or to the broader campus community and will take steps necessary to address those risks. These steps may include interim measures to provide for the safety of the individual and the campus community. Reporting options are listed below; these individuals can also answer questions about the process and what you can expect. Individuals may pursue these reporting options simultaneously, or any one of them separately. Resources are always available to support a Complainant regardless of the course of action chosen.

Policies

The College maintains several policies which set forth our ethics expectations for faculty, staff, and students, including:

Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy - outlines protected characteristics that are prohibited from being basis of differential treatment and discusses grievance process.

Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Disability Policy - discusses GRCC's goals in this area, and outlines the grievance process for specific accessibility complaints.

Our General Counsel Policies page also lists specific policies outlining ethics expectations for APSS staff members, Faculty and Administrators.

 

Contact

For further information, to file a complaint, or to discuss concerns or ask questions about the process, you may contact:

Kimberly DeVries, Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance at 616-234-2120 or kimberlydevries1@grcc.edu, or

Deven Swanigan, Labor Relations & EO Generalist at  616-234-4176 616-234-4176 or devenswanigan@grcc.edu.

Other reporting options include reporting to Campus police in the event of an emergency (by calling 616-234-4010 or 4911 from a campus telephone), or reporting to a faculty or staff member.