Appeals and Grievances from Students


Students may appeal most negative decisions about enrollment, final grades, or general academic policies in the College according to the procedures which follow. Only students may submit appeals. Appeals must be made in a timely manner - within one semester. Students should consult with their Association Dean for details. 

Adds, Drops and Course Enrollment Deadlines

Students who wish to appeal penalties attached to missed deadlines should contact their Association Dean.

Grading and Classroom Issues

Students who wish to appeal the calculation of a FINAL grade (the only grade appeal permissable) must first attempt to resolve the issue with the instructor of the course. Absent a satisfactory outcome, the student may next appeal to the Department Chair/Program Director who has the authority to change a grade. If this path proves unsuccessful in the resolution of the matter, the student may appeal to a Committee of Associate Deans in the College of Arts & Sciences; they too have the authority to change a grade. The written appeal should be addressed to the Committee on Final Grade Appeals and mailed to or dropped off at the College of Arts & Sciences, Monroe Hall, P.O. Box 400133. Note that appeals may only relate to the process of how the final grade was computed and not the quality of work. Appeals of the grading process may result in a lower grade being awarded. Students have one term beyond when a grade posted to submit an appeal. All appeals must be submitted within one semester.

Appealing College Rules

Students whose petitions for exemption from College rules have been denied by the Association Deans may appeal to the Committee on Faculty Rules (CFR). Students should consult with their Association Dean on what information is needed to appeal further. CFR consists of faculty members who are not Association Deans.