Policies and Procedures Manual

Chapter 3: Student Affairs

03:05:10   Student Complaints and Compliments

Related Policies and Guidelines

SACSCOC Complaints Against SACSCOC or its Accredited Institutions 

NeSCC Policy 03:05:13 Suggestions for Improving College Services: Speak Out

Northeast State Community College encourages students to comment on their experiences at the College in a responsible manner. These comments may include complaints, compliments, or suggestions for improving college services. Comments help the College administration improve processes, pinpoint problems, eliminate waste, plan for strategic growth, or recognize outstanding personnel and programs.

The following procedures have been established to help students submit their comments:


  1. Students should first seek to resolve complaints informally with the College personnel directly responsible for the area of complaint.
  2. If the above is not possible or does not provide a satisfactory outcome, students should submit written complaints about any area of the College’s operations to Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services by using the Student Complaint Online Submission Form.
  3. Submissions should state the nature of the complaint as well as the resolution sought.
  4. The Student Complaint Online Submission Form must include the contact information of the person submitting the complaint.
  5. The Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services will forward the complaint to a designated Vice President or other appropriate office (as determined by the nature of the comments) for review within three (3) business days.
  6. The student will be notified of the outcome within ten (10) business days of the receipt of the Student Complaint Online Submission Form by the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services .
  7. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome, they may appeal in writing to the President of the College. The President’s decision will be final.
  8. Complaint Resolution Policies and Procedures for Non-Tennessee Resident Students in State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement States, commonly known as SARA.
    1. Student complaints relating to consumer protection laws that involve distance learning education offered under the terms and conditions of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) must first be filed with the institution to seek resolution.
    2. Complainants not satisfied with the outcome of the institution’s internal process may appeal, within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made, to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (https://www.tn.gov/thec/bureaus/student-aid-and-compliance/postsecondary-state-authorization/request-for-complaint-review.html).  
    3. For purposes of this process, a complaint shall be defined as a formal assertion in writing that the terms of SARA or the laws, standards or regulations incorporated by the SARA Policies and Standards (http://www.nc-sara.org/content/sara-manual) have been violated by the institution operating under the terms of SARA. 
    4. For a list of SARA member states, please visit the NC-SARA website (http://nc-sara.org/sarastates-institutions). Students residing in non-SARA states should consult their respective state of residence for further instruction for filing a complaint.


  1. Compliments may be submitted using the Student Compliment Online Submission Form.
  2. Compliments will be received by the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services and forwarded to the appropriate Vice President’s office for review and dissemination to the College personnel or program mentioned.
  3. The student may be contacted by the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services if additional information is necessary.

Procedures for submitting Suggestions for Improving College Services are stated in Policy 03:05:13 Suggestions for Improving College Services: Speak Out. Contact the following for more information on student complaints, compliments, and suggestions for improvement:

Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services
Room 2110 of the General Studies Building

Additional Information

For concerns or complaints regarding Title IX, civil rights, discrimination, or harassment, please visit the Policy and Compliance web site or contact the Assistant Director of Policy and Compliance via email: Compliance@NortheastState.edu

Although crimes are not part of the complaints process, for issues involving campus safety, personal security, or to Report Behaviors of Concern, please visit the Be Safe web portal or contact:

Northeast State Police Department
423.323.0255 (non-emergency) or 423.677.7927 (emergency cell)

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Revision History: April 2014; Sept. 2014; Oct. 2014; Nov. 2014; Sept. 2015; Feb. 2016; May 2019; Edited Aug. 2019; Edited Jan. 2020; Edited Feb. 2020; Edited May 2021; Edited Oct. 2021; Edited June 2022