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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 reviews appeals, hears the appeal if it fits their purview 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 Academic Appeals Board will review the appeal, gather additional information if necessary, and determine whether the appeal falls within their purview. The Academic Appeals Board is limited to only hearing appeals regarding a prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation.

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.

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