Academic Appeals Policy

A student who has a question about an academic decision should consult the University official responsible for the decision. If the matter is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the student may appeal in the following order to the next highest level in the appropriate chain of responsibility: instructor, department chair or dean, and the Educational Policies and Standards Committee (EPSC). Students requesting a course substitution for a General Education requirement must appeal to the General Education Committee. Decisions of the EPSC or General Education Committee are final and cannot be further appealed. The student must initiate all appeals in writing on his or her own behalf no more than eighteen months after the date of the decision being appealed (except grade appeals which are described below).

A student who has a question about a grade should consult the instructor as soon as possible. A student who believes a grade to be inaccurate or unfair may appeal to the instructor, department chair or dean, and the Educational Policies and Standards Committee, in that order. Decisions of the EPSC are final and cannot be further appealed. The last date to initiate a grade appeal is the end of the next Fall or Spring semester. Email notification of approved and processed grade changes will be sent to the student, the instructor, and the success coach or faculty advisor.

Academic Appeal Filing Forms and General Education Requirements Substitution Forms may be obtained from the Forms section of WebbConnect. The appeal document must include the student’s local or permanent address, University email address, student ID number, and a current phone number where he or she may be reached. Furthermore, all appeals must be signed and dated and include a thorough justification for the requested resolution. Appeals made on behalf of the student by another party (e.g., faculty, official of the institution, another student, or a parent) will be dismissed. Supporting documentation submitted by a member of the faculty or administration to augment or clarify the student’s appeal is welcome and will be given full consideration. Questions concerning academic appeals may be addressed to the Dean of Adult and Distance Education.