A grade appeal involves those situations in which a student believes that an instructor (a) has not followed fair grading practice or (b) has not followed published grading policy. A student who wishes to appeal a final course grade based on one or both of these reasons must follow these procedures:
- The student must first contact the instructor within four weeks of issuance of the grade for a full explanation of the grade given and the basis for assigning the grade. This should be a prearranged/scheduled meeting rather than an impromptu meeting. The instructor has two weeks to respond to the student.
- If there is no satisfactory resolution, then the student should submit a grade appeal request form to the chair of the department in which the dispute occurred, within two weeks of the instructor's response to the student. Absent exceptional circumstances, the department chair has two weeks to render a written decision. If the faculty member involved in the grade appeal also is the department chair, then after step 1 the student should appeal to the Provost. If the faculty member involved in the grade appeal also is the Provost, then after step 1 the student should appeal directly to the Academic Committee.
- The instructor may appeal the department chair's decision to the Provost, by submitting a formal request in writing within two weeks of issuance of the decision.
- If still unsatisfied, within two weeks of the department chair's issuance of a written decision the student may submit a grade appeal request form and any supporting documents to the Provost. The decision of the Provost (or Academic Committee if the faculty member involved in the grade appeal also is the Provost) will be final and binding upon all parties.