Appeal of Grades
To contest a grade, students must initiate the appeal in writing to the instructor within 30 calendar days from the last day of class of the term in which the grade was recorded. Students must first appeal the matter in writing to the instructor(s) who taught the course. The appeal must specify reasons the assigned grade is incorrect or inappropriate. The instructor(s) will respond to the student in writing within 10 (ten) working days of the appeal date.
Should this response not satisfy the appeal, the student can appeal in writing within 10 (ten) working days from the date of the instructor’s reply to the department head or dean of the academic school in which the course was taught. The department head or dean may conduct a conference including the dean, the department head, the student, and the instructor. The department head or dean may convene an impartial committee in the discipline to review pertinent documents. Within 10 (ten) working days from the date of the student’s appeal to the department head or dean, the department head or dean will respond to the student in writing.
Should this procedure fail to resolve the appeal, the student must provide a written appeal to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs within ten working days from the date of the school department head/dean’s response. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will take the appeal to the Academic Review Committee, where further hearings may be conducted. The judgment of the Provost will be considered the final and binding decision on the matter.
The appeals process is intended to provide a venue whereby students may voice a claim of discrimination, capricious or unfair dealings, or denial of due process.