Student Concerns

IHOPU aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for students. There may be situations in which students need support from school leadership. Students can seek special support in four areas:

  • Interpersonal concerns
  • Academic concerns
  • Harmful behavior
  • Sexual harassment

If you are experiencing an emergency or a life-threatening situation, call 911. Less immediate and less severe situations should initially be handled by our own trained security personnel by calling (816) 285-9430 (available around the clock).

We take your privacy seriously and will strive to maintain your confidentiality unless the investigative process necessitates otherwise.

If you would like to submit a concern anonymously, you may do so by using the name “Anonymous Name” and an anonymous, active email address in the form below. Anonymous concerns will be processed as thoroughly as possible, but some situations may require IHOPU Student Advocacy to know your identity.

Reminder: In case of an emergency, call 911.  




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Interpersonal Concerns

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more.” (Mt. 18:15–16)

Examples of Interpersonal Concerns

  • A student is living with another student and cannot resolve major conflict issues.
  • A student is on a ministry trip and a major conflict arises that cannot be easily resolved.
  • A student’s friendship group leader brought correction to the student’s life and the student did not feel it was handled well.
  • A teacher/faculty member interacted with a student in a way that made the student feel ashamed, embarrassed, etc., or made the student feel that prejudice was shown against her/him.

1. The concerned party speaks with the student or leader in question. The first step in resolving conflict between two parties is to take the concern privately to the person involved, whether he or she is a peer or a leader. The goal is to “win our brother,” not to win an argument. Skipping this first step usually leads to unnecessary strife, division, and confusion. If you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed about talking privately to the person involved, or the person refuses to speak with you, you may begin the appeals process by submitting your grievance/concern online (using the form above), noting the reason why you will skip the first step.

2. If the issue is not resolved and the person involved is a faculty member, please see the note below. If the person involved is not a faculty member, the concerned party speaks with his or her friendship group leader or zone pastor with or without the person involved present. If your friendship group leader is the person involved, you may go directly to your zone pastor.

3. If you have followed the first two steps and little to nothing was resolved, you may submit your grievance/concern, noting that you have spoken with the person involved but the issue is still not resolved.

4. The concerned party then speaks with the director of Student Life and/or vice president of Student Affairs with the person involved present.

5. If the issue remains unresolved, the vice president of Student Affairs will appoint an IHOPU Appeals Committee. The concerned party speaks with the Appeals Committee with the person involved present.

6. If the IHOPU Appeals Committee does not resolve the issue, the concern is taken to the IHOPKC Appeals Committee with the person involved present. The IHOPKC Appeals Committee is the final arbiter in the appeals process regarding interpersonal concerns between two parties.

Note: If a student’s interpersonal concern is with a faculty member, the student is to speak with the instructor first if possible. If the issue is not resolved, or the student is afraid to speak with the instructor, the student  should submit the grievance/concern using the form above. At this point in the process, the student should skip the step of speaking with his or her friendship group leader or zone pastor and submit the grievance/concern, appealing to the director of Student Life and/or the vice president of Student Affairs. If the appeal is not resolved at this level, an IHOPU Appeals Committee will be appointed by the vice president of Student Affairs to resolve the matter. The Appeals Committee will include, among others, the vice presidents of Student Affairs and Training.

Academic Concerns

A student may appeal the grading of an assignment or the final course grade if a clear mistake was made in the grading process, e.g., totaling the points incorrectly or grading by a different standard than that stated in the syllabus or in class.

1. If a student believes a mistake has been made, the student should first go to the instructor or teaching assistant (TA) and explain the mistake.

2. If the grading mistake is not corrected, or the instructor or TA determine that no mistake was made, the student may make a further appeal online using the form above.

3. Decisions will be made by an academic dean or school director and are final.

If the academic dean or school director taught the course under question, the written appeal will go to an IHOPU Appeals Committee appointed by the president of the university.

If the president of the university taught the course under question, the written appeal will go to an IHOPU Appeals Committee appointed by the university chancellor.

The decisions made by the IHOPU Appeals Committee are final.

A student has two weeks from the date final grades are posted to ask the instructor if he/she can make up or redo work in the course he/she failed.

A student may not appeal a grade beyond the instructor or TA:

  • If he or she believes the grading is too hard
  • On issues related to plagiarism
  • For work submitted late
  • For work partially completed
  • For a completed assignment that did not address in part or in whole the topic assigned

Harmful Behavior

Student Advocacy exists as a mechanism for students to voice complaints or grievances/concerns regarding the safety, security, or wellbeing of themselves or others in the IHOPU community, as well as a means of investigating and addressing those complaints and grievances/concerns.

This process is:

  • A means by which members of the IHOPU community can express complaints and grievances/concerns about the safety or wellbeing of themselves or others
  • A means by which those complaints or grievances/concerns can be properly investigated, brought to the attention of the IHOPU leadership, and resolved in an appropriate and timely manner

This process is not:

  • A replacement of the process Jesus lays out in Matthew 18
  • A means by which members of the IHOPU community can seek resolution of interpersonal or relational issues. (See Process for Interpersonal Concerns above.)
  • A suggestion or comment box.

1. File a written grievance or concern using the form above.

2. The concern will immediately be sent to the IHOPU Student Advocacy team, which will take action and resolve the issue, involving senior university leaders as necessary.

Examples of harmful behavior concerns

  • Activity in the International House of Prayer community that contradicts IHOPKC’s Statement of Faith or Foundational Commitments.
  • Teaching or behavior that seems to promote unhealthy control over the personal lives of others.
  • Group behavior that appears to blur personal boundaries.
  • Divisive or manipulative teaching or behavior.

The purpose of Student Advocacy is not for you to voice objections and complaints regarding a grade you received from an instructor or the difficulty of your classwork. (See Process for Academic Concerns)

Sexual Harassment

Definition of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is conduct based on sex or of a sexual nature, whether directed toward a person of the opposite or same sex, and may include explicit sexual propositions, sexual innuendos, suggestive comments, sexually oriented “kidding” or “teasing,” “practical jokes,” displaying sexually explicit printed or visual material in the absence of a valid educational purpose, and physical contact such as patting, pinching, hugging, or brushing against another person’s body. Both men and women may be victims of sexual harassment. One person may be sexually harassing another person and not be aware of it. For example, it is possible that joking and other related behavior based on sex or of a sexual nature may be unwelcome to another person and constitute sexual harassment, but the person who initiates the joking may not be aware of its impact on the other person.

Policy concerning Sexual Harassment
IHOPU is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which faculty, staff, and students can study and work together in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation, including sexual harassment. Every member of the community should be aware that the school is strongly opposed to sexual harassment and that such behavior is prohibited both by school policy and by federal and state laws. This policy against sexual harassment applies to all members of the IHOPU community, including faculty, staff, and students. It also extends to the school’s agents, as well as to vendors, independent contractors, and others doing business with the school.

1. File a written grievance or concern using the form above.

2. The concern will immediately be sent to the IHOPU Student Advocacy team which will take action and resolve the issue or pass the grievance or concern up to the next level of leadership for final determination.  

Examples of sexual harassment

  • Pressure for a dating, romantic, or intimate relationship
  • Touching, kissing, hugging, or massaging
  • Pressure for or forced sexual activity
  • Unnecessary references to parts of the body
  • Remarks about a person’s gender or sexual orientation
  • Sexual innuendos or humor
  • Obscene gestures
  • Sexual graffiti, pictures, or posters
  • Sexually explicit profanity
  • Stalking or cyberbullying
  • Email and Internet use that violates this policy
  • Sexual assault