What is a complaint?
In general terms it is an expression of dissatisfaction about a University’s action or lack of action or a specific concern about the provision of a programme of study, support service, administrative system or policy operated by or on behalf of the University or any specific concern about the activities of University students whilst on University owned property or University staff engaged in University business.
Who can make a complaint?
- All current students.
- All former students.
- Any person affected by University services.
- Third party complaints will be considered. Although we encourage those with a complaint to approach us directly, if we are provided with clear authority that a representative is acting on your behalf, we can accept such a complaint.
- Anonymous complaints will be considered, dependent on the seriousness of the complaint and the likelihood of confirming the allegation from attributable sources.
What can I complain about?
An example of a complaint might be:
- the quality of facilities provided by the University;
- concerns about the delivery of a programme of study, teaching or administration;
- misleading or incorrect information;
- the quality and standard of any service that we provide or our failure to provide such a service;
- the behaviour of a member of staff.
When do I complain?
It would be helpful if you could raise your complaint as soon as possible after the problem occurred as it will make it easier for your concerns to be resolved more quickly. Delays often mean it can be difficult to investigate properly.
The University will not normally accept complaints 3 months after the event in question.
How do I complain?
You can complain in person, by telephone, in writing by letter or by email.
What support is available to me in helping me with my complaint?
We do understand that raising a complaint can be stressful and that the process can sometimes seem difficult. We would strongly encourage students to contact Coventry University Students’ Union Advice Centre at any point in the complaint process so that you feel supported. This might be with:
- helping you find the right words to make your case as clearly as possible;
- explaining how the complaint process works and helping you decide whether this course of action is the best way of resolving your concerns;
- supporting you at any meetings that you need to attend in relation to your formal complaint.
Coventry University Students’ Union Advice Centre has an office in the Hub, or can be contacted by phone on 024 7679 5200 and by email on email@example.com
You may also wish to contact our Health and Wellbeing team if the issues have made you feel anxious or stressed. They can be contacted on 02477 659618 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are committed to making our service easy to use for all students. If you require us to make any reasonable adjustments in order to access the complaints process, please let us know what we can do to help.
Informal resolution via conciliation
When things go wrong, we would encourage students to raise any concerns or queries as soon as possible, as this typically means that they will be easier and quicker to resolve. We don’t want to discourage you from discussing any concerns with your Faculty course team or a member of staff in the appropriate department or within Faculty Registry, as this can resolve your concerns immediately. However, if this doesn’t help or you would like to talk to an impartial adviser, you may wish to immediately seek support from a Conciliator.
What is conciliation?
The University offers a Conciliation Scheme, which provides students with an informal, supportive route to resolving complaints. A Conciliator will be available to meet with you, listen to your concerns, and seek to resolve any issues or problems you have, whether it be about course details, assessment or even difficulties with another person
The role of the Conciliator will be to meet with both parties and work with them to find a solution. They will offer advice on what would be an appropriate resolution to either party, adhering at all times to the University regulations. The emphasis will be on face to face communication wherever possible.
Once you have requested to meet with a Conciliator you will be contacted as quickly as possible to arrange a meeting.
You can approach a Conciliator by email using the list below. There are a number of Conciliators within each Faculty to deal with Faculty related issues, and Conciliators within Group Resolution Unit and other areas of the University to resolve service area related issues or other complaints and concerns.