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STUDENT COMPLAINTS POLICY AND PROCEDURES
STUDENT COMPLAINTS POLICY AND PROCEDURES
|SECTION 1: GENERAL PRINCIPLES|
London Business and Management School (hereinafter referred to as LBMS) seeks to maintain high standards in its provision of programmes, services and facilities to students. As part of commitment to providing a quality service, LBMS listens to, record, act on information received and provide appropriate feedback. LBMS have established its student complaints procedures to ensure that all legitimate complaints from students are dealt with professionally in a fair, prompt and efficient manner and no student will be disadvantaged on account of raising a complaint.
A complaint made by a student that is shown to be lack of seriousness, or motivated by malice may result in disciplinary action against the student for breach of the Code of Conduct. Students may complain individually or collectively, where appropriate. Complaints will be investigated objectively. Anonymous complaints will not be accepted.
All complaints will be dealt with constructively and the student will be informed of the outcome. Where a complaint is upheld, the LBMS will make an appropriate response including taking any necessary corrective action.
All complaints will be dealt with in confidence with the provision that any person about whom a complaint is made shall be supplied with a copy of the complaint. A student may be asked to attend an interview with the member of staff investigating his/her complaint.
A student may be accompanied by another LBMS student or a representative in a meeting that takes place in connection with a complaint he/she has lodged. Under no circumstances may the student be represented by an external organisation.
The policy has been developed to incorporate the following key principles:
All staff and students must be aware of this policy and act in accordance with its procedures
|SECTION 2:CONTEXT: Scope of the Complaints Procedure|
LBMS takes all suggestions and complaints seriously.
This procedure is designed to deal with complaints arising from:
The student complaints procedure does not cover the following:
Note: Appeals against assessment decisions are dealt with through a separate Appeals Procedure and should be raised with the appropriate Programmes Leader in the first instance.
|SECTION 3: EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES|
This policy has been reviewed in line with the Equality Act 2010 which recognises the following categories of an individual’s Protected Characteristics: age, gender, race, religion and belief, sexual orientation and disability. LBMS will continue to monitor this policy and to ensure that it promotes equal access and does not discriminate against anyone, especially any person’s listed under any protected characteristic.
|SECTION 4: ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES|
The Principal has ultimate responsibility for monitoring the Complaints Procedure. The Principal and the QA Manager, play a pivotal role in the decision making process within the remit of the procedure. The policy and procedures for complaints shall be reviewed annually by QA Manager and the Principal and amended as appropriate. The QA Manager stands as the Point of Contact between LBMS and external compliance agencies.
|SECTION 5:STUDENT COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE|
1.1 This Procedure has been devised in order to resolve issues from students who wish to complain about the treatment or services they receive whilst studying at LBMS. The Procedure identifies how LBMS aims to investigate and resolve complaints in an equitable and timely manner.
1.2 The Procedure provides a series of mechanisms to resolve the Complaint in a manner, which is acceptable to the student and about whom the Complaint is made. If mutual resolution does not prove to be possible, the Principal will make a decision on the Complaint, concluding LBMS process. In certain circumstances, the student may apply to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (QIA) for consideration of the student’s case under the rules of its scheme.
1.3 It is expected that, other than in exceptional and fully documented circumstances, a student who wishes to make a Complaint must invoke Stage 1 of the Student Complaints Procedure as soon as possible after the event, and within three months of the incident, which is the cause of the Complaint. Complaints submitted after the required three month time period will normally be rejected. If a student submits a late Complaint, the student must enclose with the Student Complaint Form a written explanation for the late submission.
2 Informal stage:
2.1 Before pursuing a formal Complaint through this Procedure, students are advised and expected to attempt to resolve the matter informally, directly with the relevant person. In order that a Complaint can be dealt with effectively and efficiently, and to enable the concern to be addressed whilst the issue is still current, it must be drawn to the attention of the member of staff or other person concerned as quickly as possible, and in any event within 28 working days of the incident giving rise to the Complaint.
2.2 The Informal Stage does not negate a student’s right to submit a Formal Complaint.
2.3 When a student wishes to pursue the Informal Stage, the student should, in the first instance, talk or write to the person directly concerned. If the student is unsure of the identity of the person they should get advice from the Student Support.
3 Formal stage:
3.1 Stage 1 –
3.1.1 If a student has a Complaint which he/she has been unable to resolve informally, he/she shall, in the first instance, direct the Complaint in writing to the Student Support.
3.1.2 On receipt of the Complaint, the Student Support (or nominee) will, in writing, acknowledge its receipt. The Student Support will forward a copy of the Student Complaint Form, together with any written evidence, to the QA Manager, who should normally appoint an investigating officer to consider the Complaint, determine any findings and implement any actions.
3.1.3 Where the Complaint is against QA Manager or a member of its staff, the matter will be referred to the Principal to nominate an appropriate officer to investigate the matter.
3.1.4 The investigating officer must not be any person previously involved in investigating the Complaint at the Informal Stage.
3.1.5 Where appropriate, the investigating officer should inform the person(s) named in a Complaint, or anyone who can provide relevant information to assist in an investigation, that a Complaint has been received and the basis of its content, with due regard to maintaining confidentiality where more than one person is named in the Complaint.
3.1.6 An investigation into the matters complained of should be undertaken promptly. In order to investigate the Complaint, the investigating officer may need to request further information from the student and/or appropriate members of staff. The investigating officer may request a meeting with the student and members of staff associated with the Complaint. Any student or member of staff invited for an interview may be accompanied by a friend/colleague, but it would be not appropriate for the “friend” to be a legal practitioner, acting in a professional capacity.
3.1.7 The investigating officer is expected to maintain a case file of the investigation. Where individual interviews take place, and a record of the meeting is made, the investigating officer should inform the interviewee that a record of the meeting might be released following a request for disclosure.
3.1.8 At the conclusion of the investigation, the appointed investigating officer should provide the student, the QA Manager and the person(s) named in the complaint with a written response no later than 20 working days after receipt of the Student Complaint. The written response should include the investigating officer’s findings, and either outline a proposed remedy or explain why there are no grounds to take the matter further and/or why no action will be taken. The written response should remind the student that, if the student remains dissatisfied with the response, the student has the right to refer the matter to Stage 2 of the Student Complaints Procedure.
3.1.9 A copy of the formal response should be sent to the Student Support.
3.1.10 If the student is dissatisfied with the outcome, the student must, within 28 working days of receipt of the response of Stage 1, submit a Stage 2 Student Complaint Form. If no form is received within 28 working days, then the Complaint will be deemed closed.
3.2 Stage 2 – Mediation
3.2.1 If a student remains unhappy with the outcome of Stage 1, the student has 28 working days from receipt of the Stage 1 outcome in which to submit a Stage 2 Complaint. The student should submit his/her Stage 2 Complaint to the Student Support.
3.2.2 On receipt of the Complaint, the Student Support (or nominee) will, in writing, acknowledge its receipt and log the Complaint in the records of the Student Support.
3.2.3 The QA Manager will also forward a copy of the Student Complaint, together with any written evidence, to the Investigation Officer and any member of staff named in the Complaint.
3.2.4 The QA Manager will act as a facilitator. Her/his role will be to attempt to facilitate a meeting of the parties, and to reach a resolution of the complaint.
3.2.5 The facilitator will provide all parties with confirmation of the outcome of the mediation process. The written response (within 10 days) should remind the student that, if she/he remains dissatisfied with the response, the student has the right to refer the matter to Stage 3 of the Student Complaints Procedure.
3.2.6 If the student is dissatisfied with the mediation outcome, the student must, within 28 working days of receipt of written confirmation of the outcome of the mediation process, submit a Stage 3 Student Complaint. If no form is received within 20 working days, then the Complaint will be deemed as closed.
3.3. Stage 3 – Resolution by Principal or nominee
3.3.1 If the student remains unhappy with the outcome of Stage 2, the student has 28 working days from receipt of the Stage 2 outcome in which to submit a Stage 3 Complaint. The student should submit his/her Stage 3 Complaint to the Student Support.
3.3.2 On receipt of the Complaint, the Student Support will, in writing, acknowledge its receipt and log the Complaint in the records of the Student Welfare Office.
3.3.3 The Student Support will also forward a copy of the Student Complaint Form, together with all previous documentation relating to the Complaint, to the Principal.
3.3.4 Within 10 working days of the receipt by the Principal, the Principal will arrange a Complaint Committee.
3.3.6 The Principal will provide to all parties one complete set of the documentation to be used during the formal meeting.
3.3.7 It will not normally be possible for the date of the formal meeting to be changed, and this will only be done in respect of exceptional circumstances, (for example medical treatment).
3.3.8 At the meeting, each party shall have the right to speak and to call witnesses who may be questioned by the Complaint Committee. There may also be questioned by the other parties, through the Chair of the Complaint Committee. The Complaint Committee may adjourn any meeting at any time, for any reason, for such period as it, in its absolute discretion, thinks fit.
3.3.9 The student and his/her friend and the relevant member(s) of staff and his/her/their friend(s) will normally be allowed to be present throughout the whole of the meeting of the Complaint Committee, except when the decision is being debated. Witnesses will only be invited to attend the formal meeting at the point their evidence is required, and they are expected to leave the proceedings at the conclusion of their evidence.
3.3.10 All participants will be expected to behave in an orderly and non-confrontational manner. If the Chair deems it necessary, the Chair may adjourn proceedings if, in the Chair’s opinion, progress of the meeting is being impeded.
3.3.11The Complaint Committee, after considering the submissions made by each party will, in private, endeavour to reach a conclusion and to make decision.
3.3.12Written notification of the decision of the Principal or nominee will be sent to each party within 10 working days of the meeting of the Complaint Committee.
3.3.13 The Principal or nominee shall indicate which elements of the Complaint are fully resolved, which are partly resolved and which are remain unresolved. If any part of the Complaint remains unresolved, the Principal or nominee shall recommend specific action by way of remedy.
3.3.14 Unless and until the student makes a successful appeal to the Office of Independent Adjudicators (OIA), the decision of the Principal or nominee shall be final and binding on the student and the other parties. The decision of OIA is final.
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