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50 6. Consensual sexual relationships where such relation- ships lead to favoritism of a student or subordinate em- ployee with whom the teacher or superior is sexually involved and where such favoritism adversely affects other students and/or employees. Reporting Sexual Harassment: A recommended course of action for students who feel that they are being subjected to sexual harassment is for them to tell or otherwise inform the harasser that the conduct is unwelcome and must stop. However, this is not required and, in some circumstances, this course of action may not be feasible, may be unsuccess- ful, or the individual may be uncomfortable dealing with the matter in this manner. Copies of the sexual harassment pro- cedures are available in the Counseling Center and http://www.lee.edu/hr/resources-for-employees/sexual-ha- rassment/. These procedures call for students who feel that they have been subjected to sexual harassment to discuss their com- plaints with counselors, faculty members, college adminis- trators, or others whom they trust. Students can contact the Associate Dean of Student Affairs for more information. Student Appeals Introduction To maintain an environment that promotes teaching and learning, Lee College has developed policies that outline in- structional and behavioral expectations in individual course syllabi/outlines and policy regarding student conduct, aca- demic honesty, and sexual harassment. Appeals procedures provide students with a means to chal- lenge classroom activity, disciplinary action, and administra- tive policies and/or behaviors that they feel are arbitrary or unfair while protecting the academic freedom of instructors and the safety and security of the campus community. To learn more about the appeals process, students may meet with an advisor, counselor, or instructional or student affairs administrator. General Principles The appeals process applies to both the informal and formal procedures. It can be waived or an addendum may be added to the formal appeal if all parties to the appeal and corresponding college personnel charged with resolving it agree to do so. All meetings called by college personnel to resolve appeals are confidential and closed to the public. Deadlines may be extended due to extenuating circum- stances, illness, or College events such as registration or final exams. Students who initiate appeals should not be subject to retali- ation and should report any incidents immediately to a counselor or administrator. Issues That Can Be Appealed Instructional issues include the classroom, laboratories, and related activities supervised by instructors and/or instruc- tional division. Examples include, but are not limited to, lab- oratory safety, classroom/field trip behavior, academic honesty, grades, absences, or withdrawals. Non-instructional and disciplinary issues include, but are not limited to, student conduct, expulsion, threats, injury, tres- passing, vandalism, theft of textbooks, or personal posses- sions, destruction of property, forgery of documents, and other actions that may threaten the safety and security of an individual and/or the campus community. Resolution of Policy Governed By State and Federal Regulations Policies and procedures based on state and federal laws are resolved within specific departments. Please see Chapters 3 and 4 of the Lee College Catalog for appeals regarding resi- dence, financial aid, transfer credit, or sexual harassment. Level 1 Informal Resolution The informal resolution attempts to resolve issues regarding college policies, procedures, or personnel as they occur. Throughout the informal process, students should record dates and times of meetings with individuals, keep a brief account of the meetings, and collect any written documents that they may receive. Within 10 working days of an incident, student should meet with individuals with whom they have a concern or complaint to seek resolution. If the situation is unresolved, students should speak with relevant supervisors and/or administrators, who may investigate the incident fur- ther to seek information to resolve the concern. Level 2 Formal Appeal Students who are not satisfied with the outcome produced by informal resolution may initiate a formal appeal, which begins when a student submits a written statement outlin- ing the event to the appropriate administrator. Students must file an appeal within 30 working days of the incident.

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