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Grade Appeal Procedure

A grievance about a Masters level grade will follow the following procedure:

 

  1. The student will speak directly (i.e., in person) with the faculty person(s) who assigned the grade within three weeks of the posting of the grade.  The student may ask one person to accompany them in seeking an explanation of the grade.  If the student does not speak directly with the faculty person(s) who assigned the grade within three weeks of the posting of the grade, the grade will be final and without appeal.  If the faculty person is not available, the student will notify the Dean of the faculty.
  2. If after speaking directly with the faculty person(s) the grievance remains, the student may petition the Dean of the faculty in writing within five weeks of the posting of the grade.  This petition will outline the reasons the assigned grade should be reviewed. The Dean of the faculty will review the process by which the disputed grade was assigned, will consult with the faculty person(s) who assigned the grade, and will decide within five days whether to refer the appeal to the Student Standing Committee (SSC).  If the grievance remains, the student may appeal the decision within five days of the decision by the Dean of the faculty.  If the student does not appeal the decision within five days of the decision, the assigned grade will be final and without appeal.  If the Dean of the faculty refers the student appeal to the SSC, the SSC will consider the appeal at its next scheduled meeting.  The SSC will review the student appeal of the assigned grade, and will render a decision before the end of the ninth week from the posting of the grade. 

 

Timetable of grievance and appeal of an assigned grade:

  • Day 1 posting of the grade.
  • Day 28 deadline for student to speak directly with the faculty person(s).
  • Day 35 deadline for student to petition the Dean of the faculty to appeal the assigned grade.
  • Day 45 deadline for student to appeal the decision of the Dean of the faculty to refer to the SSC.
  • Day 55 deadline for the SSC to consider the appeal of the decision of the Dean of the faculty.
  • Day 65 deadline for the SSC to render a decision.
  • Day 75 deadline for student to submit a written appeal of the SSC decision.
  • Day 85 deadline for the SSC to hear the student appeal of the SSC decision.
  • The decision of the SSC is final and without further appeal.

May term and Summer term grade appeals will take place in the following Fall term, and will follow the Fall term schedule.  J term grade appeals will take place in following Spring term, and will follow the Spring term schedule.