Appealing Academic Grades NOT Related to Academic Misconduct

Students may appeal grades which the student believes have been assigned:  

(a) arbitrarily or capriciously;

(b) contrary to the criteria announced in the course; or

(c) for constitutionally and/or legally impermissible reasons.

 

A grade of Incomplete (I) may not be appealed. Such appeals shall be limited to a period of 90 calendar days from the date the grade was assigned. Unless there are extenuating circumstances that may result in disruption of the class or put others at risk, the student is allowed to remain in class until such time as the appeal is heard. 

 

Any reference to calendar days throughout this document does NOT include university holidays, spring break, days between terms (the last day of Final Exams Week in fall term until the first day of spring term; the last day of Final Exams Week in spring term until the first day of summer A term; the last day of summer term until the first day of fall term). 

 

Summer Meeting schedule: Appeals may be heard over the summer term if both parties (faculty and student) are available to meet and if University Appeals Committee quorum (faculty and student membership) can be reached.


Procedures for Appealing a Grade NOT Related to Academic Misconduct 

 

1. The student first submits a written appeal to the faculty member within ninety (90) calendar days from the date the disputed grade was assigned.   

A.  The faculty member involved must provide a written response within ten (10) calendar days after receiving the student’s appeal.

B.  If the faculty member agrees, the faculty member will submit a Change of Grade form.

If there is no resolution between the student and the faculty member...   

 2. The student may then appeal to the department chairperson.

A.  Within ten (10) calendar days after receiving a response from the faculty member, the student may submit a written or emailed appeal to the appropriate departmental chairperson with a copy to the faculty member. 

B.  The Chair is obligated to respond to the student’s appeal within twenty (20) calendar days

C.  The Chair may not override the instructor's decision and issue a Change of Grade without the faculty member's concurrence. 

If there is no resolution following the appeal to the department chairperson... 

 

3.  The student may appeal to the Dean.

A.  Within ten (10) calendar days after the Chair sends his or her response to the student, the student may send a written or emailed appeal to the appropriate College Dean with copies to the faculty member and the Chair.

B. The College Dean is obligated to respond to the student’s appeal within twenty (20) calendar days.

 C. The Dean may not override the instructor's decision and issue a Change of Grade without the faculty member's concurrence.

If there is no resolution following the appeal to the college dean... 

4.  The student may appeal to meet with the University Academic Appeals Committee through the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost.

A.  Within ten (10) calendar days after the College Dean sends his or her response to the student, the student must send a written request to the Provost with copies to the faculty member, the departmental Chairperson, and the College Dean.   

B. Academic Affairs will refer the appeal to the Chair of the University Academic Appeals Committee within ten (10) calendar days.  

C. The Chair of the University Academic Appeals Committee will send the date, time, location, and procedures of the hearing to the student, faculty member, Chair, and College Dean at least ten (10) calendar days in advance of the hearing. Once a hearing date is scheduled and communicated, it may not be rescheduled by any involved party unless there is a documented emergency. If either the student or the College representatives should fail to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing may proceed in his or her absence. A hearing must be rescheduled if the Committee fails to reach quorum.  

D. The University Academic Appeals Committee’s recommendation will be based on a majority vote by the Committee’s voting members. The Committee’s Chairperson will send the Committee’s recommendation to the Provost with copies to all parties involved within ten (10) calendar days following the hearing.  

E. The decision of the Provost or designee will be forwarded to all involved parties in writing within twenty (20) calendar days of the hearing.  

F.  Within five (5) calendar days after the University Academic Appeals Committee’s decision is sent to the involved parties, any of the parties involved may deliver a written appeal to the University President. The President will provide a response within ten (10) calendar days to all involved parties. 

The decision of the President shall be final. No further appeals are allowed.