Grade Appeal Process
Grade Appeal Process
The grade appeal process will follow the procedures of the unit in which the student earned the grade, not the major to which the student belongs.
The grade appeal process applies to all students and is a review mechanism for end-of-term grades only. This process should only be utilized when a student believes a grade is incorrect and the burden of proof always falls on the student. A student must first attempt to solve the grade issue with the faculty member. If there is no resolution, a student can then ask for a review by the faculty member’s supervisor. If the disputed grade is not resolved at the second level, then the third and final level is a Unit Level Committee or the Dean. Students can consult with the Dean of Students in assistance in preparing a grade appeal.
An appeal must be initiated no more than four weeks after the end of the fall, spring, or summer semester in which the grade was assigned. The total review process from faculty to supervisor to appeals committee should take no more than 30 days.
Level 1 – Course Instructor
Because of the seriousness of a grade dispute, there is an expectation that the student and faculty will have met as a condition of further review. Therefore, the student should first make an appointment with the faculty member to discuss the matter. [Note: if the faculty member is physically not on campus, the student should consult with the Chair/Dean/Director on how to proceed.] An email exchange between faculty member and student does not meet the requirement of a first-level review.
If there is no satisfactory resolution, the student can request a second-level review.
Level 2 – Supervisor
If the student feels that the matter has not been resolved after the meeting with the faculty member, then the student can request a second level review. The student’s appeal to the second level must be writing and must include information on the dates/times of the initial meeting with the faculty member to ensure that the first level meeting requirement has been met.
For Arts and Sciences – the Chair is the second level of appeal; for Business and Nursing–the Assistant Dean is the second level of appeal; for Education – the Associate Dean is the second level of appeal; for Allied Health – the Chair is the second level of appeal; and for SPEA – the Dean is the second and FINAL level of appeal.
There is an expectation that most grade disputes will be handled at the first or second level and will not result in appeals to the third level.
Level 3 – Unit Level committee or the Dean
If the student feels that the matter has not been resolved at the second level, a student can request a third level review. The request for review must be writing, stating that the grade dispute was not resolved at the second level, plus it must include sufficient information and facts to demonstrate that the third level review is warranted. This is the last level of review and the decision they render is final.
For Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing – the Dean is the final level of appeal
For Allied Health - see below for composition of the committee
The Allied Health Sciences Grade Appeal Committee will be composed of 3 faculty members from NIMS. The faculty members will be at the NIMS’ Chair’s discretion.