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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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
b. Meet with the student.
c. Meet with the instructor.
d. Review the course materials, any supporting documentation provided by the instructor and/or the student, and the grade assigned.
e. 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).
Full procedures and forms are available online. The decision of the dean is final.
5. 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:

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