Student Grade Appeal Policy and Procedure

06 Jul 2016 21:11
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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

A. Within 30 calendar days following the issuance of the grade in question, the student
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.

B. If the instructor fails to respond to the appeal within five working days of receiving
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:

A. The Academic Regulations Committee rules against the student, or
B. The Academic Regulations Committee recommends that the grade be changed, but the
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:

A. Uphold the instructor's original grade, or
B. Recommend to the instructor that the grade be changed.

Step 4

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

A. The Vice President for Academic Affairs rules against the student, or
B. The Vice President for Academic Affairs recommends that the grade be changed, 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:

A. Uphold the original grade, or
B. Instruct the Registrar to change the grade.

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