Students have protection through orderly procedures against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. At the same time they are responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled.

The following is the procedure to be followed by a student seeking an avenue of appeal for cases in which the student feels an evaluation was prejudicial or capricious.

All appeals must be made within ten business days of the evaluation; final grades must be appealed within ten business days of the regular semester following the term for which the final grade was reported. Fall and Spring semesters are considered 'regular' semesters, for the purposes of this policy. Any attempt to carry the appeal outside of the procedure set forth may negate the entire appeals process for that case.

1. In all cases the student's first step of appeal is to the instructor of the course involved. If the case is not resolved at this point, the student must then report his/her appeal to the Office of Student Academic Services.

2. The student must submit in writing to the Director of Student Academic Services the nature of the complaint. At that point a meeting will be scheduled between the student and either the appropriate department head or division chair. If the situation is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student at this point, he or she may appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

3. The Vice President for Academic Affairs, after consultation with all parties involved, will make a final decision on the matter.

4. Appeals to the Vice President for Academic Affairs' decision are directed to the University Hearings and Appeals Board (UHAB). A request for a hearing by that board may be made by the student and all operating guidelines set forth by UHAB will be followed.

Sponsored by: Curriculum Committee
Reviewed: Winter 1996
Reviewed: Winter 2004-2005
Revised Number: February 2010