Students who feel their rights been violated by an instructor or staff member, or
who have a complaint about academic matters including grades and curriculum, should first attempt in good faith to resolve the
matter with the source of the complaint. If the student is dissatisfied with the outcome
of this meeting, they may take their complaint to a department chair or administrator
for further review by a third party. If a resolution is not reached at this level,
the student may file a formal incident report using the link below.
For support and advice on the complaint/grievance process, a student may consult with
the Vice President, Student Services Office at the Santa Maria Campus Building A-213
or by phone at 805-922-6966 ext. 3650. For the complete procedure, see AP 5530 and BP 5530– Student Rights and Grievances.
File an Incident Report
Complaints involving sexual harassment, race discrimination, sex discrimination and
discrimination against those with disabilities, should contact the Title IX Coordinator,
Nohemy Ornelas at 805-922-6966 ext. 3659 or file a Title IX Complaint.
Student appeals relating to Financial Aid decisions, rules and regulations should
contact the Student Financial Aid office in order to initiate the Financial Aid appeal
process which follows established guidelines. The phone number is 805-922-6966 ext.
Students may contact the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
(ACCJC) directly with complaints related to noncompliance with accreditation standards.
Information on the ACCJC complaint process can be accessed at www.accjc.org/complaint-process.
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Science Instructor, PVHS
One of the obstacles that I had to overcome was breaking the language barrier. Another obstacle I faced was financial hardship. As I completed my classes at AHC, I had to work in many part-time jobs such as a math/science tutor for the college tutoring center, night shift clerk for a local grocery store and vegetable cooling. Also, the MESA program and the STEM Center, not only supported me academically through resources such as access to books and computers, but also through working with students with interest in mathematics, science and engineering.
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