Policy

If a student believes that a course grade issued by the instructor was incorrect, such student will have the right to appeal.

Procedure

Step 1

  1. Within30calendardaysfollowingtheissuanceofthegradeinquestion,thestudent shall communicate in writing with the instructor, requesting a review of the grade and indicating the reasons why the grade is believed to be incorrect.

  2. Iftheinstructorfailstorespondtotheappealwithinfiveworkingdaysofreceiving the request or, if the response is not satisfactory to the student, the student may request in writing a review of the matter by the appropriate Division Chair. Within five working days of receiving the request, the Division Chair shall respond in writing. The response will inform the student of any action taken regarding the grade and the reasons for such action. If the student is not satisfied with the response by the division chair, the student may proceed to Step 2.

Step 2

The student may request in writing that the case be reviewed by the University Academic Regulations Committee. Such requests shall be received no later than 14 working days following the date the Division Chair communicates a decision in Step 1 above. Such requests shall be made to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Academic Regulations Committee shall hear the case within ten working days thereafter.

At such review the student shall be allowed to appear in person and present any evidence, including the testimony of others, which is relevant in determining if the grade in question was correct.

The instructor who issued the grade will be given the opportunity for further clarification of how the grade was determined.

The Academic Regulations Committee Chair will communicate the decision of the committee in writing within ten working days after the hearing is closed. Should the committee find in favor of the student, it may recommend to the instructor that the grade be changed.

Step 3

The student shall have the right to appeal the decision if:

  1. TheAcademicRegulationsCommitteerulesagainstthestudent,or

  2. TheAcademicRegulationsCommitteerecommendsthatthegradebechanged,butthe instructor chooses not to do so.

The student will have an additional five working days after notification of the decision of the Academic Regulations Committee to appeal the decision of the Academic Regulations Committee to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

After consideration, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will render a decision in writing to the student. The decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs may be to:

  1. Upholdtheinstructor'soriginalgrade,or
  2. Recommendtotheinstructorthatthegradebechanged.

Step 4

The student shall have the right to appeal the decision if:

  1. TheVicePresidentforAcademicAffairsrulesagainstthestudent,or

  2. TheVicePresidentforAcademicAffairsrecommendsthatthegradebechanged,but the instructor chooses not to do so.

The student will have an additional five working days after notification of the decision to appeal it to the University President.

After receiving the reports of the Academic Regulations Committee and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the President will render a decision in writing to the student and the instructor. The decision of the University President will be to:

  1. Upholdtheoriginalgrade,or
  2. InstructtheRegistrartochangethegrade.