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I have just been disciplined for "retaliation" by making a negative comment about a student's complaint. The comment was made in the closed-access adjunct faculty faculty office. The student had already dropped the class before the complaint was filed. The complaint contained falsehoods and exaggerations. The questions is: Does this definition of retaliation, i.e. ruminating about the validity of a student's complaint rise to the level of retaliation? Does a publicly-owned community college have the leeway to redefine retaliation beyond what is described in the Dept. of Education's definition of retaliation?
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A statement that you think a student's complaint is b*ll (or equally creative wording) is an OPINION. It literally has NOTHING to do with retaliation. You are entitled to you opinion about the validity of the complaint. You presumably did nothing to or against the student - so there is no retaliation. Please let me know if I've answered your question. If I have answered your question, if you wouldn't mind, could you please take a moment to submit a rating so that I receive credit for working with you. If you have any follow up questions I would be *happy* to answer them. Experts only get credit for the time and effort we spend on our answers if you rate positively - 5 stars is definitely appreciated but not required! It DOES NOT cost you anything at all to submit a rating; it just allows me to get credit for helping you - otherwise I get no credit at all. You CAN still ask follow up questions after rating. There may be a lag between your question and my answer; this is because I'm either not at my computer or helping someone else but I assure you I will ALWAYS come back and answer your question.

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