Institutional Policies

Institutional Policies

These are some of the Institutional Policies of Five Towns College for all students, employees and the College community.

Grievance/Complaint/Incident: Clarification

A grievance is defined as a charge that a student/employee believes he/she has been adversely affected in a direct, personal, and material way by a decision or action of another individual. Such a dispute may involve another student, faculty, or a staff member. There are two ways to resolve a grievance-informally and formally.

A student complaint relates to an incident, concern, or institutional process at the College that does not necessarily fall under the definition of a grievance as stated above but is a matter of fact that a student would like to present for administrative attention. Should a student have a particular concern related to his/her enrollment at the college, he/she should complete a “Student Complaint Form” in the Dean of Students Office and/or complete the form online and submit to

An incident is an occurrence or event on campus that is the broadest form of some type of happening that may require the assistance or intervention of the Public Safety Office. Violations of the Code of Conduct are examples of actions on campus that are reportable as incidents.

• Code of Conduct for Students and Employees
• NYS Education Law, Article 129-B (Sections 6439-6449): Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking Prevention and Response Policies and Procedures
• NYS Education Law Article 129-B, Definitions
• Students’ Bill of Rights (Section 6443)
• Information to File a Report and Seek a Response, Pursuant to Section 6444 of Article 129-B
• Campus Climate Assessments (Section 6445)
• Options for Confidential Disclosure (Section 6446)
• Student Onboarding and Ongoing Education (Section 6447)
• Reporting Aggregate Data to the Department (Section 6449)
• Five Towns College Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy Pursuant to Section 201-g of the Labor Law and Complaint Form For Reporting Sexual Harassment
• Five Towns College Student Complaint Form