Office of Origin: Instruction
Last Date Modified & Approved: 10-08-08
The student first will attempt to contact the instructor for resolution of any disagreement or question about a grade.
Any grade disputes should be directed to the department chair of the area no later than four months after the issuance of the grade. If the matter remains unresolved, the dispute shall be directed to the Instructional Dean, who will meet with the parties involved and attempt to resolve the matter informally. If the matter continues to go unresolved, the student may, within ten days of his/her meeting with the Instructional Dean, appeal to the Vice President of Instruction. Should the decision remain unsatisfactory to the student, he/she may, within five days, appeal to the President, whose decision will be final. Faculty may appeal the decision of the Instructional Dean and the Vice President of Instruction within the time limits at stated above.
In appeals concerning grade disputes, the Instructional Dean, Vice President of Instruction or President shall uphold the decision of the faculty member, staff member, or other person if the decision or act complained of was 1) within the scope of the authority of the person doing such act or making such decision and 2) was done in accordance with established policies or procedures, or was neither arbitrary nor capricious. In all such cases, the burden of persuasion shall be on the student seeking to alter or modify the action or decision.
Responsibility: Executive Dean, Arts & Sciences and Accreditation