Academic Policy Grievance Process

An academic policy grievance involves those situations in which a student believes that the university has not followed published policies (which are contained in the Academic Catalog) regarding an academic decision. A student who wishes to file an academic policy grievance must follow these procedures:

  1. It is recommended that the student first contact the person who has made the decision for a full explanation of the policy and how the policy is followed.
  2. The student may request that the matter be reviewed by the chair of the department (or equivalent) in which the dispute occurred by filing a formal request in writing. If the complaint involves the department chair, then the student should submit the complaint to the Provost. If the complaint involves the Provost, then the student should submit the complaint directly to the Academic Committee.  The department chair (or, if applicable, the Provost or Academic Committee) will notify the student of the decision in writing. If a properly completed written request is not received by the university within 30 calendar days of the date on which the event that gave rise or the complaint occurs, then the student will forfeit any further right to appeal.
  3. The student may appeal the department chair's decision to the Provost by submission of a written request. If the university does not receive a properly completed written request within 15 calendar days of the date on which the notice in step 2 was sent, then the student will forfeit any further right to appeal. The decision of the Provost (or the Academic Committee if the complaint involved the Provost) will be final and binding upon all parties.