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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

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Appeal Course Grades

Policy Number: 1025

If a student is dissatisfied with a course grade issued by an instructor and believes the grade issued is incorrect, the student may use the following appeal procedures:

1. The student shall, no later than one week into the next regular semester (fall or spring) following issuance of the grade, confer with the instructor and outline the reason(s) he/she believes the grade is incorrect.* In the absence of the instructor, the student may contact the department chairperson or program coordinator to initiate the process of getting in contact with the instructor. Students should also contact the department chairperson or program coordinator in the event the instructor has retired or resigned.

2. The instructor shall, within one week following the conference, advise the student in writing of the results of the conference and the grade change, if applicable.

3. If the student is not satisfied with the results of the conference, he/she may request in writing a meeting with the department chairperson or program coordinator.

4. If the student is not satisfied with the results of the conference with the department chairperson or program coordinator, he/she may request in writing that the Vice President of Academic Affairs initiate a review involving the student and the following people or their designees: the Vice President of Student Services, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the instructor of record, a colleague of the instructor's choosing (if requested by the instructor) and the department chairperson. The review conference shall be held within 14 days.

5. The Vice President of Student Services, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the department chairperson shall, within three days following the review, issue a decision. The Vice President of Academic Affairs shall notify the student in writing of the final decision.

*The time frame will be shortened if the course grade in question affects transfer, eligibility or sequential courses for that next semester.

 

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