Grade Appeals

The purpose of the Grade Appeal Procedure is to afford a student the opportunity to appeal a grade if the student feels that the grade is not representative of their performance according to the instructor’s specified grading standards or system. It is the intent of this procedure to afford students a fair and equitable process by which to appeal a grade while protecting faculty rights and the integrity of the grading system.

Only final course grades may be appealed.

The policy in brief is explained in these steps:

  1. The student should request a Grade Appeal Form from the Vice President of Student Services or the appropriate departmental office.
  2. Within thirty (30) days of the posting of the final grade, the student must discuss the matter with the instructor. Adequate evidence to support the appeal must be provided. If the instructor is not available, the student must contact the appropriate Dean or Associate Dean, who in turn will notify the instructor.
  3. If the instructor and the student are unable to reach an agreement, the student may submit the Grade Appeal Form to the appropriate Dean/Associate Dean within five (5) business days of the meeting with the instructor. If the requisite evidence is provided by the student, the Dean/Associate Dean will arrange a meeting of an appeal panel to render a decision. Within five (5) business days of the meeting, the appeal panel decision will be forwarded to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Within five (5) business days of receipt, the Vice President will inform the student, the faculty member, the panel chair, and the Dean/Associate Dean in writing of the final decision.

For the complete policy statement and procedure (including the appeal form) is available for download below.

Download Procedure & Form