2019-2020 Course Catalog

Academic Grade Appeals

A challenge to a grade received in a course, thesis, capstone, or other graduation requirement will be considered only when the student alleges that the grade received reflects other than appropriate academic criteria; that is, achievement and proficiency in the subject matter as stated in the course syllabus.

The statute of limitation requires all grade changes to be completed within one year from date of issue. A student wishing to challenge a grade received in a course must first notify the instructor in writing in an effort to resolve the grievance. If the grievance is not settled, the student must then appeal the matter in writing to the Department Chair or Program Director.

If the issue remains unresolved, the student may then file an appeal with the appropriate Academic Dean, who will seek formal reconciliation. Appeals made to the appropriate Academic Dean must be in writing and must include written documentation from each stage of the appellate process. The Dean will investigate the case, hearing both the student and the faculty member and will render a decision. A student challenging the Dean's decision must file an appeal to the Vice-President of Academic Affairs (VPAA). The VPAA will investigate the case, hearing from the student, the faculty member, and the Dean, and will render a final decision.

In order to ensure that a student has access to all levels of appeal, and that all appeals are completed within the one year statutory limit, a student challenging a course grade must file an appeal according to the calendar shown below, following the timeline for the semester in which the grade was earned. Students missing these deadlines are welcome to pursue an appeal but cannot be guaranteed access to the full appeals process within the one year statutory limit for grade changes.

Fall courseSpring courseSummer course
Faculty member records gradeGrades Due Date of current semesterGrades Due Date of current semesterGrades Due Date of current semester
Student emails faculty member with appealDrop/Add deadline of spring semesterDrop/Add deadline of fall semesterDrop/Add deadline of fall semester
Faculty member responds in writingSpring Incomplete Grade Due DateFall Incomplete Grade Due DateFall Incomplete Grade Due Date
Student appeals to Chair in writingSpring Withdrawal DateFall Withdrawal DateFall Withdrawal Date
Chair responds in writingSpring Final Grades Due DateFall Final Grades Due DateFall Final Grades Due Date
Student appeals to Dean in writing30 calendar days30 calendar days30 calendar days
Dean respondsFollowing Fall Incomplete Grade Due DateFollowing Spring Incomplete Grade Due DateFollowing Spring Incomplete Grade Due Date
Student appeals to VPAAFollowing Fall Withdrawal DateFollowing Spring Withdrawal DateFollowing Spring Withdrawal Date
VPAA responds30 calendar days30 calendar days30 calendar days