Complaint Management for Students and Members of the Public

Complaint Management for Students and Members of the Public

SUMMARY

The Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public establishes the University’s approach to managing the timely and fair resolution of Complaints raised by students and members of the public.

PROCEDURE

1     PURPOSE

To provide a consistent framework that promotes the timely and fair resolution of Complaints raised by students and members of the public.

2     SCOPE

A Complaint for the purpose of this Procedure is a University related concern or area of dissatisfaction raised by a student or member of the public that is not otherwise covered by the University’s existing review / appeal options or reporting procedures.

The University has separate and established review / appeal options and reporting procedures for matters including but not limited to those relating to:

Appendix 1 of this Procedure illustrates the framework for handling and resolving concerns raised by students and members of the public including Complaints raised under this Procedure. 

3     OVERVIEW

3.1 General
The University aims to provide a high quality teaching, research and learning experience.

The University recognises that Complaints may arise from time to time that need to be dealt with and appropriately managed.

The University aims to provide an environment where:
(a) it is acceptable to lodge a Complaint;
(b) the person lodging a genuine Complaint knows that they will not suffer any detriment because they make a Complaint;
(c) the Complaint will be given due consideration by, and will receive a response from, the University; and
(d) the Relevant Person to a Complaint will be provided with an opportunity to respond to the Complaint and will be given due consideration by, and will receive a response from, the University.

3.2 Who can complain?
The following individuals can make a Complaint under this Procedure:
(a) students;
(b) members of the public with an objectively significant personal or financial interest in a matter within the University’s responsibility or those significantly affected by a University decision; or
(c) a representative authorised in writing by a person referred to above.

The University will provide reasonable assistance to Complainants or Relevant Persons who are in any way disadvantaged by intellectual or physical disability, education, language ability or any other impairment that affects their ability to exercise their right to be heard. 

3.3 The subject matter of a Complaint
A University related concern or area of dissatisfaction raised by a student or member of the public that is not otherwise covered by the University’s existing review / appeal options or reporting procedures, is a Complaint for the purpose of this Procedure.

A Complaint may be made about conduct that results in unfair or unreasonable treatment or the inadequate delivery or quality of a University product or service to the Complainant, encompassing:

(a) all aspects of a student’s experience at the University;
(b) University Activities;
(c) Student Organisations;
(d) University Premises; and
(e) University owned or managed accommodation, Colleges or homestays managed by the University.

3.4 Time limit to bring a Formal Complaint
If a Formal Complaint is brought more than 12 months after the event complained of, the Complainant will need to show cause to the Registrar as to why the Complaint should be considered after this delay.

3.5 Anonymous Complaints
The University does not generally respond to Anonymous Complaints under this Procedure but may do so depending upon the nature of the Complaint (i.e. being serious or systemic) and there being sufficient information to reasonably progress the Complaint or there being a statutory requirement for investigation.

3.6 Frivolous or Vexatious Complaints
Complaints may be rejected by the University at any time, if, in the University’s opinion, the Complaint is Frivolous or Vexatious. If a Complaint is dismissed on the grounds that it is Frivolous or Vexatious, the University decision is final.

3.7 Multiple issues and concurrent internal processes
Where a Complaint contains multiple issues, the University will determine the most appropriate process(es) for dealing with the Complaint. The University will inform the Complainant which process(es) it has decided to apply in handling the Complaint and provide reasons.

If, throughout the course of handling the Complaint, it becomes apparent that a different process(es) is more appropriate or applicable, the University may cease the current process and refer the matter to the more appropriate or applicable process(es). Before taking this course of action, the University will inform the Complainant (including its reasons for considering the alternative process(es) as more appropriate or applicable).

Where a Complaint involves multiple issues and internal processes, the individual processes or investigations may be:
(a) handled simultaneously;
(b) joined if the matters are appropriately connected;
(c) pursued in an order of priority conducive to a timely and effective resolution; or
(d) otherwise dealt with to enable an efficient and effective Complaint management process. 

[Note: Example 1: It is determined that an aspect of a student’s Complaint is to be progressed via an alternative process; yet other aspects of the Complaint remain appropriately dealt with under this Procedure. The aspects of the Complaint to be handled under this Procedure may be handled simultaneous to; prioritised and handled prior to; or deferred and handled after the completion of the alternate process].

3.8 Withdrawal of Complaints
A Complainant may withdraw their Complaint at any stage of the Complaint process. Any withdrawal must be by the Complainant in writing, although the University may accept a withdrawal verbally in extenuating circumstances. In most circumstances, the University will deem the Complaint resolved, however, the University may determine the Complaint serious enough for an investigation to continue or referral to an external agency.

3.9 Indicative timeframes for Complaint resolution
The time it takes for a Complaint to be considered and resolved can vary due to the nature of the Complaint and the availability of relevant information and the individuals concerned.

Staff who receive a Complaint are encouraged wherever possible to resolve the Complaint as quickly and informally as possible.

The majority of Complaints will be resolved by informal resolution with the person most directly concerned. Complaints resolved in this way tend to be resolved earlier than otherwise possible.

Staff who investigate a Formal Complaint should aim to meet the following requirements:

  • any Complaint process will commence within 10 working days of the lodgement of the Formal Complaint and any supporting information;
  • all reasonable measures will be taken to finalise the Complaint process  (including any Investigations required to be conducted as part of this process) as soon as practicable; and
  • the Complainant will be provided with a written statement of the outcome of the Complaint, including details and reasons for the decision.

The expected timeframe for completing any Investigation should always be reasonable but realistic, taking into account resources and a variety of other factors such as University holidays. Investigators are expected to keep the Complainant informed of expected timeframes. If there is any change to the timeframe because of any delays, the Investigator will inform the Complainant and explain the reasons for the delay.

3.10 Expectations of participants
The University expects Complainants, Staff and Relevant Persons to behave in a reasonable and courteous manner at all times. While Complainants may at times feel frustrated or stressed about their problem or concern, rude or aggressive or other Unreasonable Behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Any Unreasonable Behaviour will be dealt with in accordance with the NSW Ombudsman’s Managing Unreasonable Behaviour Practice Manual.

4     THE PROCESS

Appendix 2a (for Student Complaints) and Appendix 2b (for Members of the Public Complaints) of this Procedure provide a mapping of the process with reference to the available supporting resources and participants.

INFORMAL RESOLUTION

Address the issue with the person concerned

The University encourages Complainants to try to resolve their Complaint quickly and informally with the member of Staff or Relevant Person who is most directly concerned in order to clarify any misunderstanding or error.

There are times when the Complainant may feel uncomfortable about approaching the member of Staff or Relevant Person most directly concerned, particularly if the Complaint is serious or involves that particular member of Staff or Relevant Person.

If the Complainant is anxious about raising the issue with the person directly, they should raise the Complaint with the relevant area supervisor or another senior member in the organisational unit or directly engage a University Facilitator for a supported informal resolution of the Complaint.

Make an informal Complaint

Any Complainant may raise an informal issue at any time, either face to face, by telephone, by email or in writing with the member of Staff or Relevant Person who is most directly concerned.

The Complainant should give full details about their problem or concern when they first raise it and advise their preferred way of resolving it. This will help the member of Staff or Relevant Person to ensure the problem or concern is dealt with under the correct process.

Complainants are also encouraged to tell the member of Staff or Relevant Person about any underlying personal or other issues that may have contributed to or exacerbated the Complaint. This will help the member of Staff or Relevant Person to try to approach the problem or concern in a more holistic way including, in the case of a Complaint from a student, referral to other forms of support as appropriate.

The purpose of the Informal Resolution process is to:
  • establish if the issue is a misunderstanding or error; 
  • achieve a prompt, informal resolution at the local level; and
  • provide the Complainant the option of support during the resolution process.

[Note:  the majority of issues will not progress beyond this point]

In attempting to resolve the Complaint informally, the Relevant Person may:
  • discuss the issue with the Complainant informally and include explanation and clarification of any relevant University policies, procedures, decisions or conduct;
  • consult with and/or refer the matter to a more relevant University member of Staff or area;
  • consult with and/or refer the Complainant to relevant University support services;
  • seek the assistance of relevant University support services (i.e. a member of Staff may engage relevant employee assistance);
  • arrange for an informal discussion by senior staff with the member of staff or Relevant Person most directly concerned and provide an outline of the issue identified by a Complainant;
  • arrange a meeting led by senior staff between the Complainant and the member of staff or Relevant Person most directly concerned and/or other relevant person(s);
  • record any discussions (e.g. an email to the Complainant outlining the reasons for a decision and any suggested referrals or recommended actions); and
  • refer the Complaint to alternate relevant review and/or appeal procedures should the issue relate to matters such as academic exclusion or academic standing (e.g. grade reviews and unit withdrawals without penalty); or any other more applicable University review / appeal option or reporting procedure.

INFORMAL RESOLUTION WITH SUPPORT

Engage a Facilitator

If a Complainant is dissatisfied with the outcome of previous attempts to resolve the Complaint, a Complainant may seek a supported Informal Resolution.

The Facilitators who can help with Complaint resolution at this informal level are:
  • Student Advocates from Campus Well-being for student Complainants;  or
  • The Deputy Registrar or nominee for Complainants who are members of the public (contact via telephone +61 2 9850 6410 or email ask.mq.edu.au).
Actions by the Facilitator in a supported, Informal Resolution may include:
  • explaining the role of the Facilitator, the anticipated actions / timelines and this Procedure;
  •  informally acting between the Complainant and the respondent(s) to identify options and strategies for resolution;
  • advocating on behalf of students (Student Advocates), assisting in negotiating a resolution and opening communication avenues;
  • requesting a Complainant provide the Complaint in writing (such as email) so as to better clarify the issue;
  • providing explanation and clarification of any relevant University policies, procedures, decisions or conduct and outlining any limitations regarding the Complainant’s perceived issues and/or desired outcomes;
  • consulting with and/or referral of a student Complainant to other relevant University support services if considered appropriate (e.g. Student Counsellors, Welfare Officers in Campus Wellbeing);
  • facilitating a meeting between the relevant parties if appropriate;
  • collating and recording any relevant information including correspondence from earlier resolution attempts and supporting material provided;
  • recording the actions already undertaken to resolve the issue including dates, meetings, options considered, University Staff / areas consulted and any policies, procedures, decisions or conduct discussed;
  • referring the Complainant to the relevant review or appeal procedures should their issue relate to matters such as academic exclusion or academic standing (i.e. grade reviews and unit withdrawals without penalty); or any other more applicable University review / option or reporting procedure; and
  • providing information (as required) to the relevant parties regarding the outcomes and conclusion of the Complaint, if the Complaint is resolved informally.
A Complainant is encouraged to co-operate fully with the Facilitator by:
  • clearly defining the issue of concern;
  • promptly providing all relevant information including all earlier correspondence and resolution attempts;
  • promptly responding to any additional requests for information; and
  • engaging respectfully and articulating desired outcome(s).

FORMAL RESOLUTION

Before commencing Formal Resolution

Formal Resolution may only be commenced after the Complainant has attempted Informal Resolution of the Complaint.

If the Complaint has not been resolved informally and further resolution is sought, the Complainant may lodge a Formal Complaint using the Formal Complaint Form.

If the Complainant feels uncomfortable about having their Complaint dealt with informally (e.g. it involves allegations of serious misconduct), the Complainant may directly escalate their Complaint to a Formal Complaint.

Lodging a Formal Complaint

In order to commence a Formal Complaint, a Complainant must submit a Formal Complaint Form to the Registrar which includes the following information:
  • Complainant’s name and contact details;
  • nature and basis for the Complaint with relevant supporting material;
  • Informal Resolution efforts to date;
  • details of why the Complainant is not satisfied with the efforts or outcome(s) to date; and
  • desired outcome(s) now sought.

A student Complainant may engage a Facilitator (i.e. a Student Advocate) to assist with the preparation and submission of the Formal Complaint Form if required.

A Complainant who is a member of the public may engage a Facilitator (i.e. the Deputy Registrar or nominee) to assist in the submission of the Formal Complaint Form if required.

Appointment of a Decision-Maker

The Registrar will appoint a Decision-Maker to consider and assess the Formal Complaint. A Decision-Maker includes but is not limited to:
      • Campus Security Manager or nominee;
      • Executive Dean or nominee;
      • Dean, Higher Degree Research or nominee;
      • Deputy Registrar or nominee;
      • Director, Campus Life or nominee;
      • Director, Campus Wellbeing or nominee;
      • Director, Equity and Diversity or nominee;
      • Director, Human Resources or nominee; or
      • Manager, Student Grievance and Discipline.

Decision-Maker to first assess the Formal Complaint

Upon receipt of a Formal Complaint, the Decision-Maker will provide an initial assessment. The Decision-Maker will consider in particular, whether the matter or aspects of it: 
  • may be capable of further attempts at informal resolution; or
  • is better handled under an alternate University process.
If so, the Decision-Maker will redirect the Formal Complaint as indicated below and notify the Complainant:  
  • a matter capable of further attempts at an Informal Resolution to be directed to:
  • Campus Wellbeing (Student Advocacy and Support Services) for a student Complaint; or
  • The Deputy Registrar or nominee for Complainants who are members of the public (contact via telephone +61 2 9850 6410 or email ask.mq.edu.au).
  • a matter better handled by an alternate process is redirected accordingly.

[Note: In particular, where a Formal Complaint may allege staff misconduct or serious misconduct as defined in the Enterprise Agreements or any other matter appropriately dealt with by an alternative process (i.e. including, but not limited to, those alternate procedures listed in Section 2); this Procedure may cease and the matter be progressed in accordance with the applicable process outlined in the Enterprise Agreements, University Policy, Procedure or Rule or any other source including referral to external agencies such as the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) or the police].

Appointment of an Investigator

When satisfied that the Formal Complaint is to be progressed under this Procedure, the Decision-Maker will appoint an Investigator. An Investigator includes but is not limited to:
      • Executive Dean or nominee;
      • Dean, Higher Degree Research or nominee;
      • Deputy Registrar or nominee;
      • Director, Campus Life or nominee;
      • Director, Campus Wellbeing or nominee;
      • Director, Equity and Diversity or nominee;
      • Director, Human Resources or nominee; or
      • Manager, Student Grievance and Discipline.

Investigation

Within 10 working days of receipt of the Formal Complaint Form, the Investigator will:
  • confirm that the Formal Complaint is best handled under this Procedure;
  • assess whether the Complaint is Frivolous or Vexatious;
  • acknowledge receipt of the Formal Complaint Form to the Registrar and the Complainant;
  • outline to the Complainant the role of the Investigator, anticipated timelines and available support options;
  • notify the Relevant Person(s) that a Formal Complaint has been received and outline the role of the Investigator, anticipated timelines and available support options.

The Investigator will conduct an Investigation of the Formal Complaint.

The Facilitator for a student (i.e. a Student Advocate) may:
  • if requested by the student Complainant, accompany the student to any meetings with the Investigator in order to advocate on behalf of, and confer with, the Complainant as required; and
  • refer the Complainant to Allied Health Professionals (i.e. Student Counsellors, Welfare Officers) in Campus Wellbeing if considered appropriate.
The Facilitator for a member of the public (i.e. the Deputy Registrar or nominee) may:
  • explain the role of the Investigator, the anticipated actions and timelines to the Complainant; and 
  • organise any required attendance of the Complainant at any meeting and generally keep the Complainant informed as required.

Investigation Report

At the completion of the Investigation, the Investigator will prepare an Investigation Report that includes:
      • the findings;
      • any associated recommendations for action;
      • brief statement of reasons;
      • the Investigation process undertaken;
      • further appeal and support options available to the parties; and
      • if relevant, recommendation(s) for mediation or further specialist review to be accompanied by details including revised timelines.

The Investigator will provide a completed Investigation Report to the Decision-Maker and provide clarification to the parties regarding the Investigation process as required.

Decision-Maker determines the outcome of the Formal
Complaint

The Decision-Maker must review the Investigation Report produced by the Investigator.

The range of actions that the Decision-Maker may take in response to the outcome of the investigation will depend on the nature of the Complaint, the findings and recommendations made by the Investigator and any other actions available arising from Enterprise Agreements, University Policy, Procedure or Rule, contracts and any other instruments which may bind the University.

INTERNAL REVIEW

Student Complainant

If a student Complainant is dissatisfied with an aspect of the University’s Complaint handling process, a Request for Assistance can be made to the MQ Student Ombudsman who will consider whether:
  • the correct process was followed by the University;
  • the process was fair in the circumstances; and
  • the process was appropriately transparent.
The Request for Assistance form is available on the MQ Student Ombudsman website and must include:
  • contact and course details;
  • a brief background to the Complaint;
  • the basis for assistance sought, including any relevant supporting material; and
  • the desired outcome(s) sought.

The Request for Assistance must be marked “Private and Confidential” and submitted to the MQ Student Ombudsman via email at student.ombudsman@mq.edu.au, or posted to Room 212, 4 Research Park Drive (BD), Macquarie University NSW 2113.

The Facilitator for a student (i.e. a Student Advocate) may:
  • if requested by the student Complainant, accompany the student to any meetings with the MQ Student Ombudsman in order to advocate on behalf of, and confer with, the Complainant as required; and
  • refer the student Complainant to Allied Health Professionals (i.e. Student Counsellors, Welfare Officers) in Campus Wellbeing if considered appropriate.

Member of the Public

If a Complainant who is a member of the public is dissatisfied with an aspect of the University’s Complaint handling process, they may refer their Complaint to an external agency, as outlined below.

REFERRAL TO AN EXTERNAL AGENCY 

 

A Complainant may, at any stage, refer their Complaint to an external agency. Where this occurs, the University may decide to suspend or cease any internal process pending external investigation.

If a Complainant is dissatisfied with the outcome of their Complaint, or the University’s handling of it, there are some external sources of advice or review including the following agencies:

A Complainant should promptly inform the University of any referrals made to external bodies in respect of a Complaint and engage respectfully with University staff and adhere to relevant procedures if requesting University information.

The Facilitator for a student (i.e. a Student Advocate) may:
  • where the Complainant wishes to escalate the issue to an external agency, assist the student Complainant, as appropriate, with information provision and associated contact details; and
  • refer the student Complainant to Allied Health Professionals (i.e. Student Counsellors, Welfare Officers) in Campus Wellbeing if considered appropriate.

The Facilitator for a member of the public (i.e. the Deputy Registrar or nominee) may, where the Complainant wishes to escalate the issue to an external agency, assist the Complainant, as appropriate, with information provision and associated contact details.

5     RECORD KEEPING AND FEEDBACK

5.1 Complaints Centre
Formal Complaints are recorded in a central database known as the Complaints Centre.

The Complaints Centre:

  • records, where appropriate, a Formal Complaint and the determination;
  • has a register of staff designated to receive Complaints and their level of expertise;
  • has a database of qualified and experienced investigators; and
  • tracks the progress of a Formal Complaint.

In particular, it records:
(a) number of Formal Complaints;
(b) compliance with performance/timeliness standards;
(c) issues raised in Formal Complaints;
(d) source of a Formal Complaint;
(e) method of handling a Formal Complaint;
(f) remedy or redress actually instituted; and
(g) recommendations and/or strategies to prevent or limit recurrences. 

The University will regularly analyse data recorded in the Complaints Centre and identify trends, causes and performance statistics, particularly relating to timeliness, outcomes and rectification.

The Investigator must enter details of a Formal Complaint into the Complaints Centre within a reasonable timeframe, in accordance with this Procedure. The Decision-Maker will confirm that a Formal Complaint has been properly assessed.

5.2 Reporting and feedback
A summary of de-identified statistical information about Formal Complaints will be included in the University’s Annual Report.

The University will also conduct surveys of staff and students to obtain feedback about Complaint handling.

The Registrar will make the outcome of any independent inquiry (or aspects thereof) available to relevant areas including the University staff best positioned to assess and action any relevant findings and recommendations. 

6     DEFINITIONS

Terms defined in the University Glossary have the same meaning as set out in this Procedure.    The following definitions apply for the purpose of this Procedure:

“Anonymous” where the Complainant withholds their name and does not wish to be identified in any way.

Collegemeans any:

  • college of the University;
  • residential premises of the University;
  • residential premises primarily intended to be used as student residences (including Macquarie University Village or any similar premises) whether they are owned, operated or managed by the University.

“Complaint” for the purposes of this Procedure, means any type of concern or area of dissatisfaction raised by a student or member of the public that is not otherwise covered by the University’s existing review / appeal options or reporting procedures; and may encompass decisions of the University, any products or services offered by the University or the conduct of University staff.

“Complainant”means the student or member of the public who has made the Complaint.

“Decision-Maker”means those individuals listed in the “Formal Resolution” section of this Procedure.

“Facilitator” means the person who may assist a Complainant in the handling and resolution of their Complaint. The Facilitators for different types of Complainants are listed in the “Informal Resolution with Support” section of this Procedure.

“Formal Complaint” means a Complaint lodged on the Formal Complaints Form.

“Frivolous or Vexatious Complaint”means a Complaint that, regardless of its merits, is:

  • obsessive, persistent, harassing, prolific, repetitious;
  • insistent upon pursuing unmeritorious Complaints and/or unrealistic outcomes beyond all reason;
  • insistent upon pursuing meritorious Complaints in an unreasonable manner;
  • raised solely to harass, annoy or irritate another;
  • made in bad faith; or
  • demanding redress which lacks any serious purpose or value.

Investigationmeans an investigation contemplated by this Procedure.

Investigatormeans those individuals listed in the “Formal Resolution” section of this Procedure.

“Registrarmeans the registrar of the University.

“Relevant Person”means the person about whom a Complaint is made.

“Staff”means any staff member of the University and includes officers, employees and contractors of the University and the appointees to conjoint, adjunct, emeritus, honorary, clinical and visiting academic positions of the University.

“Student” means a student of the University and includes:

  • a person who has been admitted as a student of the University but who has not yet enrolled in any program or unit of study or research; and
  • a person who is enrolled in a program or unit of study or research provided by the University; and
  • a person who is enrolled in a program or unit of study or research at or offered by an educational institution affiliated with the University which is approved as an award program or a unit of study or research by the University; and
  • a person who has completed a program or unit of study or research at the University but has not yet been awarded the applicable academic award; and
  • a person who became admitted or enrolled as a student of the University because of misleading or dishonest conduct by any person; and
  • a person who is awarded an academic or non-academic award by the University because of misleading or dishonest conduct by any person; and
  • any person who has been suspended from a program or unit of study or research at the University; and
  • a person who is on leave of absence from or who has deferred enrolment in a program or unit of study or research offered by the University or by an affiliated educational institution which is approved as an award program or unit of study or research by the University; and
  • any person who undertakes any examination or other academic assessment task which is part of a program or unit of study or research provided, supervised or assessed by the University, and includes a former Student.

“Student Advocate” means a Student Advocacy and Support Officer with Campus Wellbeing.

“Student Organisation”means any incorporated or unincorporated association or group of persons the majority of whom are students which is affiliated with or otherwise associated with the University.

Universitymeans Macquarie University and where the context permits includes any one or more of the following:

  • its controlled entities;
  • any institution affiliated with Macquarie University or any of its controlled entities;
  • any College; and
  • any educational institution located on the premises of the University.

University Activitiesmeans the activities of the University and the University Community including:

  • teaching, study and research at the University; 
  • the conduct of any academic exercise;
  • recreational, commercial, disciplinary or ceremonial activities of the University or the University Community;
  • any clinical, professional or practical work, research, workshops, camps or field or vocational placements and any other activities arranged, sponsored, controlled or supervised by the University whether or not it is part of a program or unit of study at the University;
  • the provision by the University of services to the general community;
  • the use or enjoyment of any University property or University Premises by any person authorised by the University; and
  • the management or administration of the University.

“University Community” means the:

  • members of the University’s Council and Staff of the University;
  • Students;
  • Student Organisations;
  • tenants and licensees of University Premises and their officers and staff; and
  • persons conducting authorised business on University Premises.

“University Premises” means any:

  • premises owned, operated, supervised, occupied or controlled by the University including premises of which the University is the landlord;
  • premises on which University Activities take place; and
  • College premises.

Unreasonable Behaviour” means behaviour that includes one or more of the following:

  • unreasonable persistence;
  • unreasonable demands;
  • unreasonable lack of co-operation;
  • unreasonable arguments;
  • unreasonable behaviour including:
    • displaying confronting behaviour (eg rudeness, aggression);
    • threats or harassment;
    • sending rude or confronting or threatening letters;
    • making threats of self-harm;
    • making threats of harm to others;
    • displaying manipulative or overly ingratiating behaviour.

“Vice-Chancellor”means the Vice-Chancellor of the University.

7    RELEVANT LEGISLATION

Education Services for Overseas Students Act (Cwth) 2000
National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007  
Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW)

8     KEY RELATED DOCUMENTS

Appendix 1: Framework for handling and resolving concerns raised by students and members of the public including Complaints raised under this Procedure
Appendix 2a: Mapping of the process for Students
Appendix 2b: Mapping of the process for Members of the Public
Managing Complaints at Macquarie – Training Video and Supporting Resources
Formal Complaint Form

9     NOTES

9.1Contact OfficerStudent Grievance and Discipline Manager
9.2Implementation OfficerDeputy Registrar
9.3Approval Authority / AuthoritiesVice-Chancellor
9.4Date Approved9 March 2015
9.5Date of Commencement27 July 2015
9.6Date for Review27 July 2016
9.7Documents Superseded by this ProcedureGrievance Management Policy approved 15 February 2011 in relation to students only.  That Policy is still relevant for staff complaints.
Student Grievance Handling Procedure approved 28 March 2013
9.8Amendment Historyn/a
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