Dispute a Grade

Filing a Grade Grievance:

After final grades have been filed in the Registrar’s Office, a grade in an undergraduate course may be changed only by the course instructor or by action of the Faculty Senate's Academic Standards Committee. A grievance must be directed first to the instructor.  If the request remains unresolved at this level, the student may file a grade grievance with the Faculty Senate Academic Standards Committee at the Faculty Senate Office.  The Faculty Senate Office must receive notification of the student’s desire to file such a grievance by the end of the second week of instruction in the semester (Fall/Spring) following that in which the grade was given whether or not the instructor has responded to the student’s request for a change of grade.  Upon notification of such filing, the student will be given a copy of this packet indicating the documentation needed to support the grievance and the procedure to be followed.

Information for Students:

If you believe a grade you received in a course should be changed, you should first request a change of grade from the course instructor.  If not resolved to your satisfaction, you then have until the end of the second week of instruction in the semester (Fall/Spring) following that in which the grade was given to file a grade grievance with the Faculty Senate Academic Standards Committee at the Faculty Senate Office.  When filing the grade grievance, clearly explain the nature of the grievance (the course, the instructor, the semester involved, and the details of the action causing the grievance) and provide documentation to support your claim.  Submit three copies of your documents to the Faculty Senate.  The Faculty Senate Program Officer will notify the chair of the department that offered the course and the instructor (if possible) that a grade grievance has been filed, and copies of the grievance and supporting documentation will be distributed to the chair and instructor.  The additional copy will be housed in the Faculty Senate Office. Upon receipt of the grievance and documentation, the chair of the department will obtain input from the instructor, make a recommendation, and forward the petition and documentation to the dean or appropriate committee of the college in which the course was taught.  After a recommendation is made at the college level and the proper signatures are obtained, the petition and all input will be forwarded to the Faculty Senate’s Academic Standards Committee for a decision.  All parties involved will be notified of the committee’s decision.  The Department or College is requested to attach a copy of applicable regulations, bylaws, etc., along with exams, assignments, and the syllabus of the course involved in the allegation.