Student Appeals and Grievances
All education students are guided by the University of Minnesota Duluth policies and procedures. These include:
Difficulties can occasionally arise related to teacher preparation. Some difficulties may be easily resolved while others may be of a more serious nature. If a student who is a teaching candidate believes additional support is needed in dealing with a situation, the department recommends she or he should follow these steps for resolution of the situation within the Department of Education:
- When possible and appropriate, first address the difficult situation by meeting first with the faculty member or classroom teacher who is involved with the situation. Often discussion will clarify expectations and resolve an issue.
- As a next step, meet with your UMD advisor and/or supervisor. If it relates to experiences in the schools, also address the concern with your cooperating classroom teacher.
- If the situation can not be resolved through Step 1 or 2, then call or email the best faculty member to help resolve the situation. If it's an on-campus situation, address it through your program coordinator. If it is a classroom issue, discuss it with the coordinators of the Office of Field Experiences (OFE) at UMD (Jim Sersha or Pam Roth). Provide the program or abbr title="Office of Field Experience" coordinator with a general outline of the situation and then arrange to meet to create a plan for resolving the situation.
- The coordinator will determine if they believe other faculty or the department head should also be brought into the discussions and planning. However, as an education major you can always appeal directly to the department head or follow the other college procedures.
Teaching candidates can also address their concerns outside of the department and college through the Student Academic Grievance Policy.
If resolution of a concern results in a situation in which UMD will not recommend the student for licensure, Minnesota Statute 122A.09 Subdivision 4c indicates you can appeal your situation directly through the Minnesota Board of Teaching. The statute indicates: "The board, upon the request of a post secondary student preparing for teacher licensure or a licensed graduate of a teacher preparation program, shall assist in resolving a dispute between the person and a post secondary institution providing a teacher preparation program when the dispute involves an institution's recommendation for licensure affecting the person or the person's credentials. At the board's discretion, assistance may include the application of chapter 12."