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Academic Appeals

The Academic Appeals Board is an advisory committee to the Provost that hears appeals from students who claim to have received a prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. The Board hears the appeal and makes recommendations to the Provost regarding the outcome. The Academic Appeals Board is a Faculty Senate Committee composed of six faculty or staff and three students.

Students who feel they have received a prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation may submit an academic appeal request. Before students submit this request, students must have appealed to the instructor, department chair and appropriate dean.

To submit an academic appeal, students must complete an Academic Appeals Request Form, adhere to the Academic Appeals Guidelines, and submit the Request Form and any additional materials to the Office of the Dean of Student Life.

The hearings are coordinated by the Academic Appeals Board Chair and are conducted as follows:

  • The student has 20 minutes to present their case;
  • The instructor then has 20 minutes to present their case;
  • The student has a final 10 minutes to respond to the instructor prior to the Board convening in a closed session for deliberation.

The Board communicates its recommendation in writing to the Provost and copies of the report are sent to the student and instructor. The Provost will issue a written decision regarding the appeal.

The Academic Appeals Board convenes fall - spring terms. Any academic appeals received during the summer term will be reviewed in the order they are received the following fall term.

Questions regarding academic appeals may be sent to the Office of the Dean of Student Life.