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FLORIDA KEYS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
STUDENT INITIATED GRADE APPEAL DIRECTIONS
Directions to Students
Students should be aware that, throughout American higher education, it is clearly established that the assigning of class
grades is the prerogative of the professional educator most closely aligned with the specific class in question, the faculty
member teaching the class. Therefore, student initiated grade change requests are typically rare and can only occur if it is
clearly demonstrated, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the faculty member of record
1. made a proven error in grade calculation,
2. failed to observe clearly stated college policy or syllabus guidelines, or
3. was, in the judgment of the academic leadership of FKCC, impacted by extenuating and unusual circumstances.
To review the above criteria, the student has the option of following, in order, four clearly defined steps:
Step 1:
Meet with the faculty member to seek his/her approval or disapproval of the student’s request.
If the student’s request is declined at the faculty level the student has the option of continuing on to Step 2.
If approved, please stop here and the instructor will need to complete a Change of Grade form.
Instructor: This Student Initiated Grade Appeal must accompany the Change of Grade form when submitted for approval.
Step 2:
Meet with the appropriate Academic Dean
If approved, please stop here and the instructor will need to complete a Change of Grade form. If declined, the student has
the option of continuing on to Step 3.
Academic Dean & Instructor: This Student Initiated Grade Appeal must accompany the Change of Grade form when
submitted for approval.
Step 3:
Meet with the Provost.
If approved, please stop here the instructor will need to and complete a Change of Grade form. If declined, the student has
the option of continuing on to Step 4.
Provost & Instructor: This Student Initiated Grade Appeal must accompany the Change of Grade form when submitted for
approval.
Step 4:
Request that the College-Wide Student Services Appeals Committee (SSAC) consider the appeal. The decision of the
College-Wide Appeals Committee is final. If approved, the instructor will need to complete a Change of Grade form.
SSAC & Instructor: This Student Initiated Grade Appeal must accompany the Change of Grade form when submitted for
approval.
Note to Student: If you wish to continue your appeal to Step 4 following steps 1-3, you must provide to the Student Services
Appeals Committee Chairperson, Mrs. Michelle Cherry in room A-118 the signed form (Instructor, Academic Dean, and
Provost) documenting that you have completed Steps 1-3.
Grade Appeal Form
Authorizes a change to a student grade based on a student-initiated request.
Deadline: Within 30 days of when the final grade was posted for that semester.
Name: ___________________________________________Student ID#:_______________________________________
(NOT Social Security Number)
FKCC Email (primary contact):___________________________________________Phone:________________________
Address: ________________________________________City, State & Zip_____________________________________
Step 1: Meet with Instructor and have Instructor sign below
I __________________________(Instructor name) met with__________________________(student’s name) on
___________date and I have _________declined or __________approved this student’s appeal to change his/her’s grade.
Instructor Signature: _______________________________________________ Date:________________________
If approved, please stop here and the instructor will need to complete a change of grade form. If declined, the student has the
option of continuing on to Step 2.
Step 2: Meet with appropriate Academic Dean and have the Academic Dean sign below
I __________________________(Dean) met with__________________________(student’s name) on
__________date and I have _________declined or __________approved this student’s appeal to change his/her’s grade.
Academic Dean Signature: _______________________________________________ Date:____________________
If approved, please stop here and the instructor will need to complete a change of grade form. If declined, the student has the
option of continuing on to Step 3.
Step 3: Meet with the Provost and have the Provost sign below
I __________________________(Provost) met with__________________________(student’s name) on
__________date and I have _________declined or __________approved this student’s appeal to change his/her’s grade.
Provost Signature: _______________________________________________ Date:_________________________
If approved, please stop here and the instructor will need to complete a change of grade form If declined, the student has the
option of continuing on to Step 4.
Step 4 (final appeal to the FKCC Student Appeals Committee)
If a student has been denied his/her grade change appeal by the instructor, the appropriate Academic Dean, and the Provost
(Steps 1-3) he/she may choose to request that the College wide Student Appeals Committee review the appeal.
Note, this cannot occur until the student has completed steps 1-3.
I_________________________________ (student’ name) have completed a meeting with the instructor, the appropriate
Academic Dean, and the Provost and they have signed the above form. I wish to further my appeal by requesting that the
College-Wide Appeal Committee review my appeal.
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I understand that the below information (along with documentation for steps 1-3) must accompany my request and must be
turned into the Student Services Appeals Committee Chairperson, Mrs. Michelle Cherry in room A-118:
All requests must include the below items:
A Letter of Explanation Student Transcripts Documentation to support your appeal for a grade change
Campus information:
Academic year: ________________ Term: ___________________
Key West campus Marathon campus Tavernier campus Virtual campus
Course for which you are requesting a grade appeal
Course Prefix Course Number CRN# (5 digits) Course Title Grade Granted Grade Requested
Supporting Documentation
Documentation to demonstrate one or more of the three criteria for grade appeal must be attached.
Syllabi
Assignments/Test
Grading Rubric
Medical Documentation
Other
Appeals received without proper documentation will be returned and not reviewed until proper documentation is provided.
By signing below I certify that I have read and understand all of the information on this form.
_____________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________
Student Signature Date
Submit your request for consideration to:
FKCC Student Services Appeals Committee
Attn: Mrs. Michelle Cherry
fkccstudentappeals@fkcc.edu
Florida Keys Community College, 5901 College Road, Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 809-3292 Fax: (305) 292-5163
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