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Grade Appeals Procedure
Procedure

Document Number: ACAD--175p Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 07/11/2013
Primary Author: VP for Academic Affairs Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 02/10/2012

General Description
Description / Scope:

Information about grade appeal procedures relative to Academic Affairs policy.


Purpose:

Delineation of procedures.


Who Performs / Responsibility: Academic Affairs

When to Perform: As needed

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Requirements
Pre-Knowledge: Before performing this task you must know:
Current University policy

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

Equipment: Policy and Procedure Handbook

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Overview of Steps
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Grade Appeal Procedure

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Detailed Steps
1.

Grade Appeal Procedure


How to Do:

A. The Grade Appeal procedure is only available for review of alleged capricious/miscalculated grading and not for review of the judgment of faculty in assessing the quality of student work.

B. Capricious Grading as outlined by the University is recognized as:

1. Assigning a grade to a student that was calculated in error;

2. Assigning a grade to a student on some basis other than performance in the course;

3. Assigning a grade to a student by more rigorous or stringent standards than were applied to other students in the same course section; and/or

4. Assigning a grade in a substantial departure from the professor’s standards announced and provided in the syllabus and/or course instructions (procedural error).

C. The assessment of the quality of a student’s academic performance is a major professional responsibility of faculty and is solely and properly their responsibility.

D. It is necessary, however, that any course grade be based on evidence of the student’s performance in a course, that the student have access to the evidence, that the professor be willing to explain and interpret the evidence to the student, and that a grade be determined in accordance with published guidelines. These guidelines should be published on syllabi and made available within the first two weeks of the semester.  Note that at times faculty may amend syllabi and thus, grading guidelines, but must inform students of these changes prior to implementation.

E. At any time, a student may seek the counsel of an advisor and/or Office of Academic Affairs personnel regarding the procedure for appealing alleged capricious grades or the merits of a particular case.

 


Who Performs this Step:

Academic Affairs Support Staff


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Attachments
Grade Appeal Form
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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
VP for Academic Affairs

VP for Academic Affairs

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