Academic Appeals

The academic appeals process is available to students requesting exception to academic requirements, procedures and policy.

Students should carefully review the policy on academic appeals (posted below and in most recent academic catalog) before filing an academic appeal. Questions regarding the appropriateness of an appeal should be directed to a University advisor.

If an appeal is necessary, the student should complete an Academic Petition Form (PDF) and request instructions from the University Academic Advising Office.

Policy on Academic Appeals

The policy statement below is taken from the 2013-2014 catalog.

The following policy applies to student appeals for exception to University academic policy, waiver of academic requirements or dispute over student grades.
  1. Requests for exceptions to the academic policies and procedures described in this chapter begin as petitions filed in the Academic Advising Office and are decided by the Associate Provost. If a petition is not answered in a way that satisfies the student, he or she may advance an appeal to the Academic Appeals Committee. The Associate Provost reserves the right to refer petitions to the Academic Appeals Committee for disposition as academic appeals.
  2. Student appeals on academic issues, up to and including academic dismissal, must be filed in the Academic Advising Office, whereupon cases will be processed by the Academic Appeals Committee. It is the student’s responsibility to provide all necessary documentation to the committee for review. The committee will take into account information from the instructor, as well as information from any other source the committee deems appropriate. The committee will render a decision in the case.
  3. The student may request that the case be reconsidered by the Academic Appeals Committee only in the event that new information is available after the committee has rendered its decision.
  4. The decision of the Academic Appeals Committee is considered final. If the student believes that due process was not followed, he or she may request review by the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, which will render a decision as to whether the Academic Appeals Committee afforded due process to the student in its consideration of the appeal.
The policy statement below is taken from the 2013-2014 catalog.

Grading is the prerogative of the instructor. In the case of a disputed grade, an undergraduate student must first contact the instructor and request reconsideration. The student may also contact his or her academic adviser. If the matter remains unresolved, the student must notify, in writing, the chair of the instructor’s department. Written notification must be received no later than the completion of the seventh week of the term following the semester in which the grade was awarded.

If the contested grade was awarded in the fall semester, this appeal procedure must be initiated no later than the end of the seventh week of the following spring semester. If the contested grade was awarded for the spring semester, intersession or summer session, this appeal procedure must be initiated no later than the end of the seventh week of the following fall semester. No course grades will be subject to change after final graduation certification.

Students who remain dissatisfied should contact the dean of the instructor’s college for information or advice on possible resolution of the dispute. The above described channels of resolution must be exhausted before students may submit grade-related disputes to the Academic Appeals Committee.