Grade Appeal Process
The purpose of the grade appeal process is to address concerns regarding the final grade in a class and is utilized for only that purpose. Students may not appeal disagreements with items such as teaching methodologies, attendance policies or grade weighting methods.
After receiving final grades at the end of a term, students may decide to formally appeal a final grade. Students may appeal final course grades for the following reasons:1
If a student chooses to pursue a final grade appeal, then the process must be completed the following term. The grade appeal process will be conducted as follows (0-6 weeks total):2
Step 1The student must meet with the instructor to discuss the final grade in dispute. This meeting must occur by the close of the business day on Friday of Week 2 of the subsequent term after the grade was posted. The meeting must be in a manner that is consistent with the course syllabus (in-person, telephone, or email). Students are encouraged to attempt to communicate with the instructor using multiple means, including in person, via telephone and via email. Students are encouraged to review the syllabus to determine how to contact the instructor.
Step 2If Step 1 has been met (with the exception of 1b), and the dispute is not resolved, the student must complete the Grade Appeal Form to officially request a grade appeal hearing. This form must be completed and submitted to the appropriate academic dean by the close of the business day on Friday of Week 3 of the subsequent term after the grade was posted.
Step 3The Academic Standards Committee will conduct a formal grade appeal hearing by the close of the business day on Friday of Week 5 of the subsequent term after the grade was posted.
Step 4The Academic Standards Committee will reach a conclusion and provide written rationale to resolve the matter by the close of the business day on Friday of Week 6 of the subsequent term after the grade was posted. A completed Grade Appeal Form must be provided to the Office of Instruction and to the Registrar. The Office of Instruction must inform all parties of the decision.
1. For issues outside of the reasons listed, refer to the student handbook or seek assistance from student services.2. There is no current mechanism for handling spring term grade appeals during summer term. These grade appeals will be handled during fall term.
Student ID Number:
Reason for Appeal:
Communication Method (Choose all that apply):
If you met face to face, please provide the following:
If written communication was used, upload a copy of the correspondence here:
If 'Other' was selected, provide method of contact here:
By submitting this Grade Appeal form I understand, and agree, that I will present my case to the Academic Standards Committee, which is made up of College Faculty and Administrators. I will contact the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services for help in preparing for the grade appeal hearing.