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Academic Due Process for Advisors

Courts have mandated that students receive due process guarantees of notice and hearing in disciplinary cases, but students with grievances concerning academic affairs (such as situations involving suspensions, erroneous advising, disputed grades, or alleged arbitrary course requirements) generally find themselves without due process guarantees. To this date, the courts have not mandated what legally constitutes due process for students in academic affairs. However, when an academic institution has clearly-defined grievance procedures for students in place, the courts have declined to intervene until a student exhausts that institution’s administrative remedy. Shepherd University has such grievance procedures in place; these procedures are found in the “Academic Rights and Responsibilities” Section of the current Shepherd University Student Handbook.