• To serve as the initial, administrative contact in the formal grade appeal process; and
• To facilitate a resolution of the grade appeal issue that is mutually agreeable to the faculty member
and student including changing the grade.
Upon timely receipt of the Grade Appeal Request, the department chair will:
1. Verify that the student and faculty member completed the required informal conference. If the
informal conference has not occurred, the chair will postpone any further action until that
conference is completed or until the chair determines that the faculty member is not available for
an informal conference.
2. Provide written acknowledgment of the Grade Appeal Request to the student and written
notification of the Grade Appeal Request to the faculty member.
3. Provide a copy of this Grade Appeal Policy to the student and faculty member and address any
questions raised by them.
4. Schedule a Chair Review Meeting with the student and faculty member at a mutually convenient
time. If the faculty member is unavailable for a meeting, the department chair will request that the
faculty member provide documentation of the basis of the grade and may appoint another faculty
member in the department to serve as a representative for the faculty member who assigned the
5. Conduct the Chair Review Meeting providing an opportunity for both parties to explain their
positions orally and/or through written documents.
6. Prepare a written summary of the meeting that, at a minimum, includes the following:
• a statement of whether any of the grounds for an appeal were valid,
• a statement of whether the grading issue was resolved to the satisfaction of the student
and faculty member; and
• a statement of whether the student and faculty member agreed to a change of grade.
The chair may include in the written summary other information that s/he deems relevant.
7. Notify, within five working days after the Chair Review Meeting, the student and faculty member
that the summary of the Chair Review Meeting is available at the department office and arrange
for signing and distribution of the summary and Form 2 Receipt of the Summary of the Chair
Review Meeting in accordance with the directions on that form.
Request for Review by the College Grade Appeal Committee (CGAC)
If no mutually agreeable decision has been reached, the student may request review by the College
Grade Appeal Committee, only by signing and submitting a copy of Form 2, Part B to the dean of the
appropriate college or school. Appeals for undergraduate students are submitted to the dean of the
college in which the course was offered. Appeals for graduate students are submitted to the Dean of the
Graduate School. Appeals for courses offered through the BGS (bachelor’s in general studies) program
are submitted to the Dean of the School of Continuing Education.
Deadline for Request Review by the College Grade Appeal Committee. The student must provide
Form 2, Part B Request for Review by College Grade Appeal Committee to the dean of the
appropriate college or school no later than five (5) working days after the student received Form 2. If,
within five (5) working days after receipt of Form 2, the student does not request review by the
College Grade Appeal Committee, formal review of the grade will terminate.
College Grade Appeal Committee Review
• To provide a fair and unbiased fact-finding meeting;
• To determine whether the grounds for the grade appeal are supported by facts;
• To determine whether the student’s grade should be changed and, if so, to request change of grade
by the dean; and
• To communicate the results of the review to the parties.