May 26, 2020  
2019-2020 Student Handbook and Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Student Handbook and Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Appeals (Grade Petitioning)

A student who believes an error has been made in the assignment of a grade must contact the instructor and, if necessary, the Dean and then the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The decision of the appeals committee is final. Students have 45 days from the end of the semester to appeal.

Initiation of Grade/Academic Appeal

Step One (Instructor-Oral): any student may present a grade or academic appeal (orally) to his/her instructor. If the instructor’s answer is not given within two business days after the presentation of the appeal, or if the answer is not satisfactory to the appealing student, then the student may proceed to Step Two.

Step Two (Dean-Written): The student shall, within three (3) business days thereafter, cause the appeal to be prepared in writing, with one copy to be presented to the student’s Dean. The Dean and the student shall meet within five (5) business days after receipt of the written appeal, in an attempt to reconcile the appeal. If within three (3) business days of the meeting, the appeal is not reconciled, then the written appeal may be submitted to the appropriate vice president (academic/allied health).

Step Three (Vice President Academic Affairs-Written): The Vice President of Academic Affairs shall respond within five (5) business days after receipt of the written appeal. The Vice President shall form an impartial ad hoc committee of two instructors, and two staff members to hear and read the appeal and to advise the Vice President on a resolution. The Vice President shall have ten (10) business days from receipt of the appeal, to provide the appealing student with a decision. The decision of the Vice President is final. The Vice President of Academic Affairs may delegate this responsibility to the Vice President of Allied Health for academic appeals in the Allied Health Programs.