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File a Student Complaint

 

    To file a complaint against a Colorado institution of higher education, please choose one of the following options:

    Filing a Student Complaint concerning a PUBLIC Institution

    The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) is a coordinating agency, not a regulatory agency. Therefore, the CDHE has limited jurisdiction over institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the state of Colorado.

    Prior to filing a complaint with the CDHE, students must follow the appeal procedures at their IHE. Each IHE has a process for addressing student complaints. Filing a complaint with the CDHE is the last resort.

    1. Complaints filed with the CDHE must be filed through the online student complaint form.
    2. The CDHE may only consider complaints pertaining to:
      1. Statewide transfer and GT Pathways issues.
      2. The Student Bill of Rights
    3. The CDHE does not have authority to resolve complaints between an individual and the institution including but not limited to:
      1. Academic freedom
      2. Admission decisions
      3. Billing issues
      4. Curriculum content
      5. Grades
      6. Health insurance requirements
      7. IHE's Student Code of Conduct
      8. Issues of discrimination
      9. Quality of teaching
      10. Religious freedom
      11. Transcript holds
      12. Tuition classification

     

    Have you filed a complaint with your institution?

    If not, please review your student handbook or catalog; contact your advisor; or contact the Student Services department on your campus to find out how to pursue filing a complaint at your institution.

    If you have a complaint, please fill out this form.

    Filing a Student Complaint concerning a PRIVATE (Non-Public) Institution

    The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) is a coordinating agency, not a regulatory agency. Therefore, the CDHE has limited jurisdiction over institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the state of Colorado.

    Prior to filing a complaint with the CDHE, students must follow the appeal procedures at their IHE. Each IHE has a process for addressing student complaints. Filing a complaint with the CDHE is the last resort.

    1. Complaints filed with the CDHE must be filed through the online student complaint form.
    2. In the case of private (non-public) institutions, the CDHE is authorized to investigate the following types of complaints:
      1. Claims of deceptive trade practice
    3. The CDHE does not have authority to resolve complaints between an individual and a private (non-public) institution including but not limited to:
      1. Academic freedom
      2. Admission decisions
      3. Curriculum content
      4. Grades
      5. IHE's Student Code of Conduct
      6. Issues of discrimination
      7. Quality of teaching
      8. Religious freedom
      9. Transcript holds
      10. Tuition and fees
    4. Pursuant to §23-2-104 (2)(a), C.R.S., If a former student files a complaint, he or she must do so within two years after discontinuing enrollment at the institution.  The CDHE is unable to initiate an investigation of a complaint if outside of the two years. 

     

    Have you filed a complaint with your institution?

    If not, please review your student handbook or catalog; contact your advisor; or contact the Student Services department on your campus to find out how to pursue filing a complaint at your institution.

    If you have a complaint, please fill out this form.

    Filing a Student Complaint concerning a PRIVATE OCCUPATIONAL SCHOOL

    Click here for more information.

    If you have a complaint, please email us at Questions@dhe.state.co.us

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