Non-discrimination Policy

The Elaine Sterling Institute is committed to the principle of equal employment and educational opportunities for all.  Per the Title 45, Pt A6 of the Code of Federal Regulations, ESI does not permit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age or handicap in the administration of any educational programs or activity including participation in, or receiving the benefits or, admission to or employment in such programs or activities.

Grievance Procedure

ESI will make every attempt to deal with a student complaint at a school level and within 10 days of your grievance. The immediate supervisor/instructor will mediate the initial stage. If the grievance is not handled to the student’s satisfaction the school director will hear the grievance/complaint and read all related documentation and evidence.  The student must fill out a student grievance form with all the relevant information relating to the complaint clearly stated.

It is imperative that the grievance complaint, process, and outcome stay confidential between the involved parties.  Any discussion with a private grievance matter with other students or people not directly involved will be considered gossiping and will be held to the school policy on gossiping that is outlined in the student handbook.

The Elaine Sterling Institute recognizes the right of the students to express their grievances and to seek a solution concerning disagreements arising from relationships, school conditions, or differences of interpretation of school policy which might arise between the school and its students. In addition, grievances may be filed alleging discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, and status as a Vietnam era veteran.

Should a student, after oral discussion with their immediate Instructor, still feel that their rights under the school’s policy have been violated, the student may originate a grievance within ten (10) days of the date the alleged act in question occurred by presenting the facts in writing to the Dean of Students. The decision of such official shall be made in writing to the student within ten (10) days after receipt of grievance.

Should the student decide the reply is unsatisfactory, the student shall, within five (5) days, submit an appeal to the school director. The school director shall respond in writing to the grievance within five (5) days from the date of the review. If the grievance is resolved, no further action will be necessary.

If the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved, the student may appeal within five (5) days after receipt of response to the School Director for the purpose of reviewing the grievance. The decision of the School Director shall be made in writing to the student within five (5) days after the date of the review.

Should the student decide that the reply of the School Director is unsatisfactory, a hearing will be scheduled as soon as feasible after selection of advisory board\governing board members (at least 2 members) and the school director will be present at the hearing. The hearing will include complete a record of the hearing before it, including any exhibits or papers submitted to it in connection with the hearing and a complete record of any testimony taken. Upon the rendering of its decision, the complete record shall be filed in the Office of the School Director of ESI and shall be available to the student.  The decision of the School Director and the advisory committee is final.

Grievance Time Limits

The prescribed time limits may be extended by mutual agreement whenever necessary in order for these provisions to be implemented. The interpretation of “days” within this section is to be normal workdays (Tuesday through Friday) exclusive of official School holidays.

Every effort should be exhausted to handle grievances at the school level if the final findings and report form the school director is not to the student’s satisfaction the student has the right to contact the NPEC and or COE in writing.

Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

Sexual harassment is defined by law and includes requests for sexual favors, sexual advances or other sexual conduct when (1) submission is either explicitly or implicitly a condition affecting academic or employment decisions; (2) the behavior is sufficiently severe or pervasive as to create an intimidating, hostile or repugnant environment; or (3) the behavior persists despite objection by the person to whom the conduct is directed. The Institute considers such behavior, whether physical or verbal, to be a breach of its standards of conduct and will seek to prevent such incidents and take corrective action when sexual harassment occurs.