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2017 – 2018 LWTech Student Handbook
b. Send the faculty written response and documentation to the student and inquire if this now resolves the situation:
1. If yes, the process ends
2. If no, the dean follows steps c-f below
c. Meet with the student
d. Meet with the instructor
e. Review the course materials, any supporting documentation provided by the instructor and/or the student, and
the grade assigned
f. Render a written decision (including a brief rationale) to deny, approve, or modify the appeal within 15 business
days of the initial request for a grade appeal (this timeline may be extended if all parties are informed in writing).
The decision of the dean is final.
3. In the case of a grade appeal when the college no longer employs the course instructor or the instructor is unavailable for an extended period of time, the student may appeal in writing (including a rationale for the appeal) to the appropriate division dean. The dean will first attempt to contact and work with the instructor who is no longer employed or unavailable and follow the process in part two above. If the dean is unsuccessful, the dean will:
a. Convene a two-person faculty reading committee to consider the appeal. To the extent possible, committee
members will be members of the original instructor’s program or department, or have expertise in the appropriate field of study or a closely related field. The reading committee will:
1. Review course materials, including evaluation criteria, and the student’s work
2. Make a recommendation to the dean to deny, approve, or modify the appeal.
3. Complete its work within 15 business days of being appointed.
b. Review the reading committee’s work and render a written decision (including a brief rationale) to deny,
approve, or modify the appeal within five business days (this timeline may be extended if all parties are informed
in writing).
The decision of the dean is final.
Grade Change
After grades have been posted to the student transcript, they can only be changed for the following reasons: a) to correct an error in the calculation of the grade: b) to take into account additional work done to remove an Incomplete grade; or c) as the result of a student grade appeal.
It is the student’s responsibility to initiate a request for a change of grade with the instructor. A grade change form must be completed and submitted to the Enrollment Services before a grade change becomes official. Grade changes, not including grades under appeal, must be completed within one quarter following the end of the quarter that the class was officially scheduled. Incomplete grades must be made up not later than one quarter after the quarter in which the grade was given excluding summer. If the grade is not made up within this time period, the grade shall be a 0.0 (F) or a grade assigned by the instructor.
Repeating a Course
Students may repeat a course only twice for credit. The highest credits and grade points earned in either the original or the repeated course are used in GPA computations.
Field Trips
Field trips offer students an opportunity to transfer classroom learning directly into an area of study. Many instructors make them a regular part of an instruction plan. Field trip expenses are the student’s responsibility and are considered a part of the cost of the training program. To drive other students on field trips, student drivers must have a valid Washington state driver’s license and
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