Complaints and Concerns

Overview

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) as defined in our values, seeks the active involvement of students, faculty and staff in open, honest and fair communication. While we strive to be the best in everything that we do, we continuously evaluate our performance and welcome constructive assessment and suggestions for improvement. As a community, we treat each concern with respect and review each one seriously.

Records maintained by the college concerning student-initiated concerns, including information regarding the incident, the review and resolution may be shared with the Higher Learning Commission, however, individual student identities will remain anonymous.

If you should have a concern or feedback, please utilize the resources below to notify the appropriate contact:

Accessibility/ADA

Student Life-Disability Services, Warner 226, 740.364.9578

Disabilities Services Request Form

This form’s purpose is for comments, concerns, or complaints about your experience with any of the college’s employees, services, programs, or facilities, as they relate to accessibility for individuals with disabilities. Once a complaint is submitted and received, it is reviewed and investigated by the campus ADA Coordinator: Connie Zang, Director of Disability Services, zang.3@mail.cotc.edu.  

Bias and Discrimination

Office of Student Life, Warner 226, 740.364.9578

Report a Bias Incident

This report documents incidents or alleged violations of harassment and/or discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, and protected veteran status. This form can be utilized by students, employees or others wishing to file a report on their own behalf or by anyone wishing to file a report on behalf of an impacted party. Ohio State Newark is co-located with Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). As a partnering college, members of the COTC community can use this form for reporting bias complaints.

Sexual Misconduct and Violence (Title IX)

Office of Student Life, Warner 226, 740.364.9578

Title IX

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its programs, activities, employment, and admissions. Please visit the Title IX website for specific information pertaining to reporting, resources and institutional responsibilities.

For students: Sexual misconduct concerns can be addressed with Holly Mason, Director of Student Life and Title IX Coordinator, mason.536@mail.cotc.edu or the Office of Safety & Security, 740.366.9237. For confidential reporting, please visit the Office of Student Life Counseling Services, located in the Warner Center, room 226. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 740.364.9578. For faculty and staff concerns, contact: John Ralston, Director of Human Resources at ralston.87@mail.cotc.edu.

Other Concerns and Feedback

Concer​n/complaint form
Concern and Feedback Policy

The purpose of this form is to provide a formal method for concerns/feedback to be filed with Central Ohio Technical College. The more detailed information that you are able to provide can be beneficial to the investigation and ultimate resolution. It is important to note that while concerns or feedback can be filed anonymously, it may be difficult to resolve if those involved cannot be asked for further explanation and/or questions.

Once a concern/feedback is submitted, the information is reviewed and directed to the appropriate person(s) or department on campus. COTC’s Office of Academic Affairs is the designated office of record for all submitted concerns. All submitted forms are tracked and reviewed periodically to monitor and improve the campus experience.

Academic:

Office of Academic Affairs, Hopewell 50, 740.366.9357
Contact – Michele Hindel, hindel.10@mail.cotc.edu

Non-Academic:

Office of Student Life, Warner 226, 740.364.9578
Contact – Holly Mason, mason.536@mail.cotc.edu

College Safety & Security:

For emergencies, please call 9-1-1.
Office of Public Safety, Warner 105, 740.366.9237

Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE)
ODHE Student Complaints

For additional resources, the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) will review submitted complaints and work with student complainants and institutions. Complaints not under the Chancellor’s jurisdiction include: complaints filed more than two years after the incident, grade disputes, student conduct violations, criminal misconduct and violations of federal law. For more information and to review the process to submit a complaint, please visit ODHE’s website.