Complaint Process


We hope your experience at Bristol is always rewarding. However, if a situation develops that you feel obliged to report, please reach out to the appropriate contact below.

Safety Issues

For violations of the law including assault, vandalism, alcohol/drug use, stalking, or if you just don’t feel safe, contact the Campus Police at extension 2218.

Accessibility Issues

For accessibility concerns, contact the ADA Compliance Officer at extension 2379. To request accommodations to access programming, contact Disability Services.

Discrimination Issues

If you feel discriminated against because of race, creed, color, religion, natural origin, age, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or veteran status, contact the Vice President of Human Resources/Affirmative Action Officer at extension 2194.

Academic Issues

For academic Issues, start with your professor. If the issue isn’t resolved or you can’t reach your professor, make an appointment to see the Dean of the Division in which the course is taught. If you are unsure of whom the Dean is, contact the Academic Affairs office at extension 2185.

Student Conduct Concerns

For concerns involving possible Student Code of Conduct violations, contact the Director of Student Conduct at extension 2222.

Formal Process

Most problems can be solved informally, but there is a formal Student Grievance Procedure which is outlined in the Student Handbook. You can access the Student Grievance Procedure here. Contact the Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management at extension 2150 for more information.

Staff Concerns

For student concerns involving interactions with Bristol staff members, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management at extension 2150.

State Process

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education attempts to provide an avenue for informal resolution of matters concerning institutions. The Department cannot require an institution to take any specific action in a matter and cannot provide legal advice.

After a student submits a complaint to the Board of Higher Education, the complaint is referred to the institution it concerns for explanation, response, and resolution, if possible. The institution generally has 30 days from its receipt of the complaint from the Board to provide a response to the student and the Board. If the forthcoming clarification and response do not satisfy the Board, the matter shall be referred to the Consumer Protection Division and/or the Public Charities Division of the Attorney General's Office.

For more information about the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Student Complaint Process, please visit this page.

For questions regarding completing a student complaint form or on the status of a submitted complaint/inquiry, please contact the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s legal office at 617.994.6963.