Filing and Handling of Complaints/Grievance Procedures

A dietetic intern should provide in writing any concerns regarding the dietetic internship program to the Director of the Internship Program.  Following the receipt of the complaint, a meeting will be scheduled between the intern and Director of the Dietetic Internship Program.  If the intern feels the Director of the Dietetic Internship Program does not satisfactorily address the concerns, the intern can make an appointment with the Chair, Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences.  If the intern is still not satisfied, a meeting can be arranged with the Dean, College of Education and Human Sciences.

A dietetic intern can request a review and reconsideration of disciplinary action taken against him/her.  The dietetic intern will notify the Director of the Dietetic Internship in writing of his/her challenge to the prescribed disciplinary action.  If after meeting with the Chair, Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences and the Dean, College of Education and Human Sciences the intern is not satisfied, the dietetic intern will follow the General Appeals Procedures for Academic Matters Concerning Graduate Students.  This procedure is available from the Graduate College Policy Handbook which can be accessed at http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/facstaff/GraduateCollegePolicyHandbook2012.pdf.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) will review complaints that relate to a program’s compliance with the accreditation/approval standards.  This should only occur after the intern has exhausted all other options available to them.

Contact information for ACEND:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL   60606-6995
312/899-0040 X 5400
ACEND@eatright.org

The intern is protected from retaliation as a result of filing a complaint related to the dietetic internship program.