Complaints, Disputes, and Grievances
Cypress College adheres to laws and regulations and follows guidelines to resolve all types of complaints, disputes, and grievances related to college processes, procedures, employee conduct, discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence.
Many complaints, disputes, and grievances can be resolved informally by communicating with appropriate college personnel or accessing campus services. Where informal resolution is unsuccessful or inappropriate, a formal complaint may be filed and a formal investigation undertaken.
Student Non-Academic Complaints
Students who are dissatisfied with a campus process, procedure, or the conduct of a college employee may file a formal complaint. If appropriate, however, we encourage individuals to attempt informal resolution with college personnel first.
The Dean of Counseling and Student Development receives the dispute form.
General Academic Appeal
Students may file petitions for exception and general appeals related to admission policies, readmission after academic dismissal, graduation, degree and certificate requirements, grades and credit, repetition of courses, academic renewal, and withdrawals.
The Admissions and Records office receives the exception form.
Grade Change Appeal
An assigned grade may be formally appealed when there is evidence of one or more of the following conditions on the part of an instructor or staff member:
- a mistake in the assignment or the entry of the grade;
- bad faith;
- or incompetence.
Students who disagree with an assigned grade based on one or more conditions listed above may appeal for a grade change by completing the Final Grade Challenge form.
For information about the Grade Appeal process, please refer to the Cypress College Catalog.
The instructional dean who oversees the academic department receives the challenge form.
Unlawful Harassment or Discrimination
North Orange County Community College District Policies 3410 (Unlawful Discrimination), 3430 (Prohibition of Harassment), and 3540 (Sexual Assaults and Other Sexual Misconduct) prohibit discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment), and sexual assault and misconduct in any educational, employment, or business program or activity of the District.
Students and employees who believe they have been subjected to unlawful discrimination, including harassment (which includes sexual harassment), or sexual assault, or who seek information regarding the Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Assault/Misconduct Policies should contact the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources.
Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
1830 W. Romneya Drive
Anaheim, CA 92801-1819
To file a formal complaint with the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources:
Sexual Assault or Misconduct – Title IX
Cypress College adheres to BP 3540 Sexual Assaults and Other Sexual Misconduct. Students and employees who believe they have been subjected to sexual assault or other sexual misconduct and desire support or more information should contact the Office of the Vice President of Student Services.
Dr. Paul de Dios
9200 Valley View Street
Cypress, CA 90630-5897
Students or employees who wish to file a formal sexual assault and misconduct complaint may do so by submitting a Title IX Incident Report.
The Vice President of Student Services receives the incident report.