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Grades previously forgiven will not be reinstated. Also if a student is transferring to another college, that college may not recognize the grade forgiveness previously granted at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
Grade Appeal and Change Procedures
Appeal Expectations and Conditions
A grade appeal only applies to the final course grade. The assignment of a grade is the sole right and responsibility of the instructor, reflecting their careful and deliberate judgment. Assigned grades are presumed to be correct. Students have the right to appeal a grade assigned in error or perceived as prejudiced, arbitrary, or capricious. In a grade appeal, the appropriate instructional division dean will meet only with the student and the instructor. No other advocate may be present. The student is responsible for knowing and initiating the grade appeal process; the burden of proof rests on the student. The student must file a grade appeal with the appropriate division dean as indicated below within the academic quarter following the quarter for which the grade was received. Documented extenuating circumstances (such as medical complications or recall to military duty) may extend this timeline. Students needing assistance with the appeal process due to a disability or language barrier should contact the Director of Student Development before beginning the process.
Grade Appeal Process
Students are responsible for maintaining standards of academic progress and following course procedures established by their instructors. The purpose of the grade appeal is to recognize faculty authority in the grading process while protecting students from possibly erroneous, prejudiced, arbitrary, or capricious academic evaluation. All attempts to resolve grade disputes must originate between the student and the instructor.
 1. The student must first meet with the instructor who assigned the grade. The instructor will explain the rationale for awarding the grade. The student is responsible for demonstrating grade error or that arbitrary or capricious assignment of the final course grade occurred.
 a. If the student can provide evidence of multiple attempts to contact the instructor without a response, the student may bring that evidence to the Dean and request to skip step one.
 2. If the result of the student’s meeting with the instructor does not produce a satisfactory resolution of the student request, the student may appeal in writing (including a rationale for the appeal, date of meeting with faculty member, and all supporting documentation) to the appropriate division dean. If the grade appeal is due to academic dishonesty, the student may elect to follow this process or request review by the Honor Code Panel. If the appeal is being heard by the dean, he/she will:
 a. Send the written student appeal to the faculty member requesting the faculty member’s written response and documentation supporting the grade decision
b. Send the faculty member’s written response and documentation to the student and inquire if this now resolves the situation:
 i. If yes, the process ends
ii. 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
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