Grade Grievance Procedure

The following procedure outlines the process for a student wishing to appeal a grade assigned for a course. If a student is dissatisfied with a grade:

1. The student should speak to the relevant faculty member directly and attempt to resolve the issue informally.

2. If unsatisfied with this initial conversation, the student may meet with the dean of his/her school. The dean will speak to the faculty member and take reasonable steps to facilitate a resolution of the dispute.

3. If the student or the dean still believes the grade to be inappropriate, either one may submit a complaint in writing to the associate provost. The student should be made aware that a changed grade may become higher than the original grade or lower than the original grade. The associate provost will review documents and contact the interested parties (e.g., the student, the faculty member, and the dean) as necessary before making a decision about whether the grade will remain or should be changed. When a decision is reached, the associate provost will inform all parties involved of the decision.

4. If the student remains dissatisfied or if the faculty member is dissatisfied, either may appeal in writing to the provost. The provost will review documents and contact the interested parties (e.g., the student, the faculty member, the dean, and the associate provost) as necessary before making a decision about whether the grade will remain the same or should be changed. When a decision is reached, the provost will inform all parties involved of the decision.

5. The provost's decision will be final.