Grade Change Appeals
Students may appeal a course grade by following this procedure:
- The grade appeal must be made no later than the fifth working day of the semester
subsequent to when the final grade was issued (excluding summer).
- The student may appeal the grade only once.
- The burden of proof is a student s responsibility.
- The student must first discuss the grade in question with the instructor who gave
the grade in order to clarify misunderstandings, arithmetic, etc.
- In the event that the student and instructor are not able to resolve the issue, the
student may then appeal the grade in writing to the respective instructor's department
head. A copy of the appeal will be forwarded to the instructor.
- The instructor will then respond to the appeal, in writing, to the department head.
- On the basis of the student's appeal and the instructor's response, the department
head will inform the parties in writing of his or her decision.
- In the event that the student or instructor is still dissatisfied with the grade in
question, he or she may further appeal the decision to the Dean's office. A cover
letter with copies of the original appeal, the instructor's response, and the department
head's decision must be submitted to the Dean's office.
- The Dean's office will establish an ad hoc committee composed of a representative
of the Dean's office and two faculty representatives from the Standards and Policy
Committee to review the appeal. The committee may request additional documentation
and/or call for any ad hoc members to assist in the appeal process. The committee
will issue its recommendation to the Dean whose decision is final and binding.
- The appeals process must be concluded not later than the semester following the initiation
of the appeal.