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Student Grievances

Students who have grievances shall have an opportunity to express them through proper channels. The President has established the following review committees to handle all forms of student grievances:

  • Academic Review/Admissions Committee
  • Appeals Committee
  • Scholarship/Financial Aid Committee
  • Student Affairs Committee
  • Athletic Committee

Students seeking review of a grievance should make a written request for review WORD Form Document to the:

  • Vice President of Student Affairs for grievances related to the Student Standards of Conduct or athletics
  • Assistant Dean of Educational Services for grievances related to scholarship/financial aid
  • Vice President of Instructional Services for grievances related to academic concerns.
  • Vice President of Instructional Services for grievances related to admissions or requesting an appeal to an earlier grievance. 

Students in the Criminal Justice Institute do not come under the jurisdiction of the review committees named in the previous paragraph. Criminal Justice students must follow the Process for Disciplinary Review as described in the Criminal Justice Policy Manual.

Ombudsman/Student Advocate

Indian River State College has an Ombudsman/Student Advocate Office which helps students to understand College policies and procedures, facilitates communication, and assists in conflict resolution apart from engagement in the College's formal grievance procedures. The Ombudsman Student Advocate Office provides an initial point of contact to ensure student concerns and appeals regarding issues such as student's access to courses, credit granted toward the degree, and other matters are referred to the appropriate department to be resolved in a prompt, efficient and impartial manner. Through the Ombudsman/Student Advocate Office, IRSC seeks to ensure that all students are treated in a fair and equitable manner.

The Ombudsman/Student Advocate assists students by:

  • Listening and helping to resolve student concerns or complaints.
  • Clarifying College policies and procedures.
  • Answering questions.
  • Referring issues and concerns to the appropriate department or office.
  • Helping define available options.
  • Recommending revisions in College policies and procedures when appropriate.
  • Maintaining open and constructive communications.
  • Providing students with information and notification regarding opportunities for assistance and appeal, including the College's formal grievance procedures.

Rochelle Popp-Finch, the IRSC Director of Student Development serves as the Ombudsman/Student Advocate.  She can be reached at (772) 462-7476 or

All students are encouraged to work through the Ombudsman/Student Advocate and the internal complaint and appeal process provided by Indian River State College. However, if the student feels further investigation is warranted they can contact The Florida College System (FCS) at


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  • Main Campus and Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex: 
     Dial 7777 or 4755 on any Main campus phone or
    Dial  772-462-4755
  • Chastain Campus (Stuart): 
    Dial 772-419-5666
  • Dixon Hendry Campus (Okeechobee): 
    Dial 863-610-2090 or 863-824-6000
  • Mueller Campus (Vero Beach): 
    Dial 772-226-2531
  • Pruitt Campus (SLW/Port St. Lucie):  Dial 772-336-6248
  • Blackburn Educational Building (Ft. Pierce): Dial 772-462-7103


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