Appeal of Grades

Grade appeals should not be made frivolously but in good faith. Appropriate grounds for grade appeals include situations in which the grade given is alleged to be inconsistent with the course syllabus or in which inappropriate professional conduct or unfairness have influenced the grade.

In order to appeal a grade a student must be prepared to document performance on all coursework and explain why the student's grade is not consistent with the course expectations expressed in the syllabus. To submit an appeal, a student should follow the steps below (if resolution is not achieved, a student should proceed to the next step):

1. Student meets with faculty member to discuss rationale for grade change.
The student wishing to appeal a course grade must meet with the faculty member within the first three (3) academic weeks (excluding May Term) following the awarding of the disputed grade. If resolution is not made after meeting with the faculty member, the student may elect to pursue a formal appeal.
2. Student sends written appeal to the Academic Affairs Office.
The student wishing to pursue an appeal must do so within ten (10) working days of meeting with the faculty member. The form for appeal is available here.
3. The school dean discusses the appeal with the faculty member and student.
A decision in rendered by the school dean and communicated in writing from the dean to the faculty member and the student. A copy is kept in the academic affairs office and sent, along with the original Academic Appeal Form, to the registrar's office to be kept with the student's official academic record.
4. The school dean's decision may be appealed to the Academic Appeals Board.
If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the school dean, a hearing by the Academic Appeals Board may be requested. To request a hearing, the student must submit a written appeal to the Academic Appeals Board within ten (10) working days after receipt of the written decision from the school dean.
5. The Academic Appeals Board decides whether or not to hear the appeal.
If the board meets to consider the appeal, the decision of the board is submitted in writing to the provost, school dean, faculty member, and the student. A copy of the decision will also be forwarded to the registrar's office to be kept with the student's official academic record. 

The decision made by the Academic Appeals Board is final.