2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Academic Grievances

Grades and Attendance

A student who disagrees with a grade assigned by a faculty member (e.g. project, homework, quiz, test, grading concerning academic dishonesty or misconduct, etc.) or attendance record submits a grievance in writing to the faculty member within five days of the notification of the grade or attendance record. The faculty member will meet or speak with the student at their earliest mutual convenience, no later than one week after receiving the grievance. Based upon the information provided by the student and review of other relevant information, the faculty member decides if the grade or attendance record remains or is changed and notifies the student.

For spring final grades, and when the student and faculty member are not both present on campus, the written grievance is submitted to the faculty member and the chair of the department (the Dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Education “CPCE” for courses taken there) through email within three business days from the posting of the grade on Leopardweb. The faculty member and the student will meet or speak within five business days at their mutual convenience. Based upon the information provided by the student and review of other relevant information, the faculty member decides if the grade remains or is changed. The faculty member will email their decision to the student and the chair (Dean of CPCE) within two business days from the conversation.

Classroom Procedures and Other Academic Grievances

A student should contact his or her academic department chair in writing, within 5 class days from the date of the grievance. If the student is a student at CPCE and/or the course is a Professional and Continuing Education course, the student must contact, in writing, the dean of CPCE. The academic department chair or the dean of CPCE should meet with the student within 2 weeks from the receipt of the grievance to settle the concern. If the issue is not resolved at this level, the student can appeal by following the procedure under Grade and Attendance Records.

Appeals

The appeals process is outlined on the Academic Affairs website.

Non-Academic Issues

A student who has a concern about non-academic issues should contact the Dean of Students or the Director of Human Resources.