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A grade appeal is an appeal that is limited to reconsideration of a final grade in a course. The criteria for reconsideration are limited to one of the following:
- There was a mathematical error in the calculation of the final grade.
- The grade was determined in a manner that differed from the grade calculation formula in the course syllabus.
- The grade was determined in a manner sufficiently egregious to warrant review by others (rare).
If students believe a grade has been assigned in error, they must first contact the course instructor to attempt to resolve the matter informally. If the matter is not resolved, then students may submit an online petition for grade review.
Petitions must be filed within 30 calendar days of the award of the original grade to be considered for grade review.
All changes of grade, regardless of circumstance, require the course instructor to complete and submit a Change of Grade request form online. If the grade being changed is currently an I (Incomplete), the instructor submits the request form electronically. The Office of the Registrar then posts the grade change to the student’s record.
If the grade being changed is not currently an I (Incomplete), regardless of circumstance, the appropriate dean or executive director, or designee, must also send approval of the change for all major courses to the Office of the Registrar. This approval is required in addition to the Change of Grade form.
Electronically submitted written petitions and related documentation are reviewed by the dean or executive director, or designee, who consults the appropriate parties as necessary. The dean or executive director, or designee, may render a decision or appoint a committee to investigate the matter further concerning major courses. The executive director of the Center for General Education, or designee, may render a decision or appoint a committee to investigate the matter further concerning general education courses. The decision of the dean or executive director or their designees is final and is not subject to appeal. The dean or executive director or their designee notifies the student, instructor, and registrar of that decision.