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Third Level of the Formal Appeals Process: Appeal to the University Grade Appeals Committee

6. Third Level of the Appeals Process: Appeal to the University Grade Appeals Committee

6.1. The University Grade Appeals Committee shall function as the third and final level of the grade appeals process. The University Grade Appeals Committee may communicate with the student, the instructor, and the department/program and college grade appeals committees as needed.

6.2. The University Grade Appeals Committee shall normally render its decision within twenty (20) instructional days of receipt of the grade appeal file.

6.3. The University Grade Appeals Committee shall review the grade appeals file, the lower level committees' decisions and rationales, and any rebuttals to those decisions and rationales provided by the student or instructor. It may consider both matters of procedure and substance. The committee may seek further clarification from either lower level committee or the student or instructor as needed. The University Grade Appeals Committee shall either confirm or disagree with the decision of the college grade appeals committee.

  • 6.3.1. If the University Grade Appeals Committee determines that the grade appeal guidelines have not been followed, it may send the appeal back to the department/program or college grade appeals committee for reconsideration.
  • 6.3.2. In the event that a grade change is authorized by the University Grade Appeals Committee, the chair of the University Grade Appeals Committee shall ensure that the appropriate change-of-grade form is properly signed by the provost and filed with Enrollment Services.
  • 6.3.3. The chair of the University Grade Appeals Committee shall inform all parties to the grade appeal, in writing, of the committee's decision.
  • 6.3.4. The rendering of the University Grade Appeals Committee's decision, notification of all parties of the decision, and effecting of a grade change where authorized by the committee, completes the appeal process.

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