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Undergraduate Grade Appeals

A student who feels that a final grade reported to him/her is incorrect has the right of appeal. This appeal must be initiated within one semester after final grades are posted, using the following procedure:

  1. He or she first discusses the grade with the instructor.
  2. If, after this discussion, the student is still unsatisfied, the student may take his or her case to the chairperson of the department. This appeal should be in writing, outlining the reasons why the student feels the initial grade was incorrect and supplying any relevant documentation (e.g. graded material, syllabi, etc.) in support of the grade change.
  3. If the chairperson decides that the student’s case merits further investigation, and after the chairperson has discussed the appeal with the instructor involved, the chairperson appoints an adhoccommittee composed of two members of the faculty in the department, other than the faculty member involved, and one student who is a major in the department.
  4. If the chairperson decides that the student’s case does not merit further investigation, the student may appeal this decision to the dean, supplying the same supporting materials as presented to the chairperson. If, after discussion with the chairperson, the dean decides that the student has a case that merits investigation, the dean may appoint an adhoccommittee of the same composition to that described above to investigate the student’s case.
  5. The committee reviews the case, interviews the student and the instructor separately, and reaches a judgment by majority vote. The judgment is communicated to the chairperson or the dean who, in turn, reports it to the affected parties.
  6. If the committee recommends a change in grade, the instructor may initiate a change, or the committee’s recommendation is forwarded to the appropriate dean or Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for their consideration. In such cases, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs may modify the grade if the committee so recommends.
  7. At any time during this process prior to when a final decision is made, the student may withdraw his/her appeal, or the instructor may initiate a grade change consistent with the student’s appeal. Either of these actions ends the appeal process.

Graduate Grade Appeals

A graduate student holds the rights to be treated in a nondiscriminatory manner and to file a grade appeal.  If the graduate student claims that an earned grade is based on discrimination, the student must file the discrimination claim first with the office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Upon resolution of the discrimination claim, the student may file the grade appeal.

Students who believe that a course grade or other grade reported is incorrect has the right of appeal by the following procedure within one semester after final grades are posted.

  • They must first discuss the grade with the instructor.
  • If the student is still unsatisfied after the discussion with the instructor, they may appeal in writing to the department chairperson. The appeal must outline the reasons the student feels the initial grade was incorrect and must include any relevant documentation (e.g. graded material, syllabi, etc.) in support of the grade change.
  • If the department decides that the student's case has merit, an ad hoc committee composed of two members of the faculty in the department (other than the faculty member involved) and one other graduate student in the department will be appointed. The committee will review the case, interview the student and the instructor separately, and reach a judgment by majority vote. This judgment will be communicated to the department chairperson and who will notify the student and the instructor of the decision.
  • If the department chairperson decides that the student's case does not merit further investigation or if the student disagrees with ad hoc committee's judgment, the student may appeal this decision to the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and the college Dean. The student must supply the same supporting materials as those given to the department chairperson. If, after discussion with appropriate faculty and/or administrators, the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and the college Dean decide that the student has a case that merits investigation, the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, in consultation with the college Dean, may appoint an ad hoc committee of the same composition as that described above for the purpose of investigating the student's case.
  • The investigative committee will review the case, interview the student and the instructor separately, and reach a judgment by majority vote. This judgment will be communicated to the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies who will notify the student, instructor, and department chairperson and dean.
  • If a change of grade is recommended by the committee, the instructor may initiate the change, or the committee's recommendation will be forwarded to the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for their consideration. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs may modify the grade if the committee so recommends.
  • At any time during this process prior to the time a final decision is made, the graduate student may withdraw their appeal; likewise, the instructor may initiate a grade change consistent with the students appeal at any time during the process. Either of these actions ends the appeal process.
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