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General Description
Process Overview
Process Steps or Stages
Performance Metrics
Attachments
Subject Experts
Regulations
Grade Appeal Process Guidelines
Process

Document Number: ACAD--175pr 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 process and guidelines relative to Academic Affairs policy.


When Performed:

As needed


Responsibilities: Academic Affairs

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

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Process Overview
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Grade Appeal Process Guidelines

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Process Steps or Stages
1.

Grade Appeal Process Guidelines


What happens:

Step 1 – Any student believing that his/her grade was assigned capriciously/miscalculated should first meet with the instructor of the course responsible for assigning the grade to inform the faculty of questions concerning the grade and to ask for clarification and explanation of the procedures used to calculate and assign the grade. The purpose of this consultation is to reach mutual understanding about the procedures used in calculating and assigning the grade. If there are mutually recognized grading errors, this can be rectified by the faculty member at this time. If, for any reason, the course instructor cannot be contacted, the Dean (or designee) of the School housing the course should be contacted to directly address the grading concerns.

Step 2 – If, after consultation with the faculty (or designee), the student believes that a grade is capricious/miscalculated, the student shall request to begin the Grade Appeal process.  Forms can be obtained from the Office of Academic Affairs. Upon completion of Parts I and II of the Grade Appeal Form and its submission, the Dean of the School housing the course should review all evidence presented by both the student and the faculty responsible for assigning the grade under scrutiny and render a decision. Note that it is the responsibility of the student to provide the evidence that the grade was assigned capriciously or miscalculated. The decision of the School Dean on grades assigned on exams and course projects/assignments is final and will stand. No further appeals of these types of grades are allowed.

Step 3 – Only final course grades may be appealed beyond the Academic School. If the student has additional evidence to present and/or opposes the decision rendered by the School Dean, he/she may appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs following the guidelines outlined on the Grade Appeal Form. Likewise, a dispute with a decision on a final course grade rendered by the Vice President for Academic Affairs may be appealed to the University President. Note that the decision of the President is final and will stand. No further appeals are allowed.

 


Who Performs / Responsibility:

Academic Affairs


Requirements:

Policy and Procedure Handbook


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Performance Metrics
Metrics: Compliance with standard policy and procedure

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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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Regulations
This document pertains to the following regulations:
Standards of good practice
University governance

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