Human Sciences Committees and Councils
Grade Appeal Committee
Consider all grade change requests from students, both graduate and undergraduate, who have been enrolled in classes offered within the College of Human Sciences.
The Grade Appeals Committee members will review the charge or the request of the student who filed the appeal. After appropriate consultation with persons involved, the committee will make a recommendation to the dean. University guidelines will be followed.
- Four faculty members, one from each department, will be appointed by the Executive Associate Dean annually.
- The chairperson of the committee will be appointed by the Executive Associate Dean from the faculty representatives.
- Two student members will be appointed at the same academic classification (graduate or undergraduate) as the student filing the appeal.
- Alternates may be appointed if the appeal involves a faculty member on the committee.
- Committee members serve a one-year term and may be reappointed.
Student files Grade Appeal Form including any supporting material with Executive Associate Dean within the timeframe designated by university guidelines.
When the Executive Associate Dean is satisfied that the student has made good-faith efforts to solve the problem with the faculty member and then the department chair, he/she will make three copies of the appeal to be sent to the student, the instructor, and the chairperson of the department involved.
The Executive Associate Dean will convene the Grade Appeal Committee. If a chairperson has not been appointed, one will be selected from among the faculty representatives.
The Executive Associate Dean will also appoint the student members of appropriate classification and from departments different from that of the student and faculty member involved.
The Executive Associate Dean will serve as an ex officio, non-voting member of the committee. The dean may attend hearings, but will not be present during deliberations.
Committee members will examine the facts of the appeal, holding meetings as it deems necessary. Due process to all parties to the dispute will be followed.
It is not necessary for the parties to appear unless requested by the committee, but parties have the right to appear if they wish.
The committee will provide to the dean a recommendation as to whether the grade should be changed, and if so, to what other grade. They may also make other recommendations deemed advisable in settling each specific appeal.
The decision on a grade appeal is the responsibility of the dean of the college administering the course. For graduate students, the dean’s decision will be forwarded to the dean of the Graduate School for final disposition.