If you feel that the University has treated you unfairly, not been supportive of you, has discriminated against you or not provided services which you would expect, you are entitled to make a complaint. The complaints procedure is separate from academic appeals and bullying & harassment procedure but if you’re unsure which process to follow ASK will discuss your case with you and make sure you’re following the right route.
Depending on your complaint there may be other people who can help you. For example, if it is an issue with something on your course, your class representatives might be able to bring it up at the departmental staff/student meetings. Alternatively you can bring your complaint to the attention of one of The Union’s Forums and they may be able to bring it to the attention of various University committees.
This is an informal stage whether you can try and resolve the problem by speaking to the person/people involved and try and get things straightened out. This stage is useful if there has been a bit of miscommunication or a misunderstanding. It can also mean that things get resolved pretty quickly and everyone can move forward from the situation.
At this point you need to start putting things in writing, this goes to the person who is responsible for the Department or Service you have a complaint about i.e. the Dean if it is academic, or the Director of a particular University service.
If you have already submitted a Stage 2 complaint, but are unhappy with the result of the University's investigation, you can submit your case to the Student Complaints Appeal Committee. This stage also has a meeting which you can attend so that you get a chance to have your say and answer any questions the committee have. An ASK adviser may be able to accompany you to this meeting.
We would strongly advise that you speak to someone at ASK before making your complaint and so that you have some support while it is being investigated as it can be a difficult and stressful experience for some people.