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Academic Appeals Procedure

A student may appeal an alleged violation of his/her academic rights in accordance with the following procedures:

  1. Step 1- Within 10 working days of an alleged violation(s) of academic rights, the student must make a verbal or written request for an individual conference with the faculty member to clarify the alleged violation(s) and request a remedy. In the case of a final grade, the request for a conference must be made in writing within 10 working days of the first day of class of the following semester (fall or spring). Within 10 working days of receipt of the student’s request, the faculty member must hold the conference with the student.
     
  2. Step 2- To pursue Step 2 if the matter is not resolved at Step 1, within 10 working days of the conference with the faculty member, the student must file a written notice of the academic appeal and request a conference with the appropriate department chair/program coordinator. The student will present to the department chair/program coordinator in writing the allegations, the student’s position on the facts of the situation and the student’s suggested remedy. The department chair/program coordinator will provide a copy to the faculty member within three working days, confer with the student within 10 working days of receipt of the request, investigate the situation, and respond in writing to the student and faculty member within 10 working days of the conference.
     
  3. Step 3- To pursue Step 3 if the matter is not resolved at Step 2, within 10 working days of the response from the department chair, the student or the faculty member must file a written appeal with the appropriate dean and provide copies of the original allegation and responses. The dean will investigate the situation, confer with the student and faculty member, within five working days, and respond in writing to the student and faculty member within 10 working days of the conference.
     
  4. Step 4- To pursue Step 4 if the matter is not resolved at Step 3, one of the two options below must be followed:
    1. In appeal cases not involving a final grade, within 10 working days of receipt of the written response from the dean, the student or faculty member must appeal in writing to the provost and provide copies of the original allegations and written responses. The provost will investigate the situation, confer with the student or faculty member within 10 working days, and respond in writing to the student and faculty member within 10 working days of the conference. The provost’s decision will be final.
    2. When the appeal involves a final grade, within 10 working days of receipt of the written response from the dean, the student or the faculty member must file a written request providing copies of the original allegations and written responses, with the provost for a hearing of the campus Academic Appeals Hearing Committee. Within 10 working days of receipt of the student’s or faculty member’s request, the provost shall designate the hearing committee and provide the committee with the original allegations and written responses. The committee will have 15 working days to conduct the hearing. The committee’s decision will be final.

For more information about the composition and procedure of the Academic Appeals Committee, see Administrative Procedures G.10.