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These procedures are intended to facilitate a fair hearing of any student academic grievance issue by the College Academic and Student Affairs Committee convened to hear such grievances. When convened to hear a student academic grievance, decisions of the Committee will be by majority rule, provided a quorum (4) of the membership is present, including at least three faculty members.
Student grade appeals must be processed in the regular semester immediately following the issuance of the grade in dispute (by commencement for fall or spring), regardless whether the student is enrolled at the university. It is university policy that students filing grievances and those who are witnesses are protected from retaliation. Students who believe they are victims of retaliation should immediately contact the dean of the college or school in which the course is offered.
The Committee shall have the power and/or responsibility only to make recommendations to the Dean of the College of Public Service & Community Solutions in a hearing regarding a grade dispute, or other academic issue.
Any students who believe they have a grievance should first utilize the informal process as listed below.
Initially, the aggrieved student should schedule an appointment with the faculty member concerned and discuss the problem openly.
If the grievance has not been successfully cleared at this time, the student may request the Dean to refer the matter to the College Academic and Student Affairs Committee. The Committee will convene for the specific purpose of hearing a student academic grievance as needed.
Within one week of the distribution of the alleged grievance statement, the faculty member involved must submit a written response to the Grievance Committee chairperson. Copies will be given to: committee members the student involved in the grievance, the department/school Chair/Director and the Dean.
Concerned parties may utilize witnesses for the presentation of their case. The Committee may decide that the aggrieved student, faculty involved in the grievance, and any or all witnesses be excused from certain presentations if, in the opinion of the Committee, an invasion of privacy and/or the violation of rights of specific individuals would result.
Procedures for the presentation of relevant information on the part of the student, instructor, and/or witnesses will be determined by the Committee and only the committee members may ask questions of the parties involved.
Dana C. Newell, M.A.
Assistant Dean, Student and Academic Affairs
Direct line: (602) 496-0416