Grievance Complaint Process

All employees and agents of a public school district, charter school or private school have an obligation and legal responsibility to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which affects the health, safety or welfare of a student. Likewise, all parents, vendors and members of the public are encouraged to report any misconduct that may affect the health, safety or welfare of a student.

If you see something of concern on this campus please report it immediately, and confidentially, to the School Director, Angela Reese, by calling (850) 767-5520 or emailing If, for some reason, you are not comfortable reporting this at the school level, please contact HR Director Holly Buchanan at (850) 767-4100.




Haney Technical College (HTC) believes that complaints and grievances are best handled and
resolved as close to their origin as possible. Therefore, the proper channeling of complaints
involving instruction or discipline are as follows:
Step 1 – Informal. A student should first take a complaint to the person(s) involved and try to
solve the problem informally.
Step 2 – The student must give the Director of Haney a written and signed Student Grievance
Form. The complaint form is located on the school’s website or can be obtained from Student
Services. This complaint should describe the problem and give all the facts and a suggested
solution. The form must be given to the Director by the next school day.
Step 3 – If the student does not agree with the Director’s decision, the appeal, as described in
Step 2, may be sent to the District Superintendent. This has to be done within three (3) days
after the Director’s decision.
Step 4 – If the student does not agree with the Superintendent’s decision, the appeal may be
sent to:

Executive Director
Accrediting Commission of the Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350

Telephone: (800) 917-2081 Fax: 770 396-3790

Students also have the right to file a complaint with our state authorizing agency, which is the

Florida Department of Education, by contacting
Career and Adult Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 734, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

Phone: 850-245-0446, Fax: 850-245-9052
Grievance Process for Formal Complaints of Sexual Harassment
I. Formal complaints involving any postsecondary education program or activity related to Tom P. Haney Technical College shall also be governed by School Board Policy 2.1335. To the extent there are any inconsistencies between this policy and section 2.1335, section 2.1335 shall control. XI. Investigation of a Formal Complaint A. Burden of Proof. The District bears the burden of proof and the burden of gathering evidence sufficient to reach a determination regarding responsibility. B. Privileged Information. The District will not access, consider, disclose, or otherwise use a party’s records that are made or maintained by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, or other recognized professional or paraprofessional acting in the professional’s or paraprofessional’s capacity, or assisting in that capacity, and which are made and maintained in connection with the provision of treatment to the party, unless the District obtains that party’s voluntary, written consent to do so for a grievance process under this section C. Opportunity to Present Witnesses and Evidence. Either party may present witnesses, including fact and expert witnesses, and other inculpatory and exculpatory evidence at any time prior to the issuance of the investigative report. D. Parties’ Advisors. Either party may be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by the advisor of their choice, who may be, but is not required to be, an attorney. However, neither party’s advisor will be permitted to question witnesses. Neither party’s advisor may participate in interviews or meetings in which the represented party is not a participant.

This policy is included in the Student Handbook.


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