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11.26 Student Academic Grievance Policy and Procedures

Approved by Academic Council on May 21, 1970; Revised October 14, 2004; Revised November 10, 2011; Revised February 14, 2013

Informal Grievance Process for Academic Matters

Prior to submitting a formal grievance, the student shall:

1.  Consult the instructor whose action is being appealed. This consultation generally must take place within 14 calendar days of the start of classes after the grading period in question. The instructor is expected to meet with the student and respond to his/her grievance in writing within 10 calendar days.

2.  If the student and the instructor are unable to reach agreement, or if the instructor is unwilling or unable to meet with the student, the student shall meet with the chair of the instructor's department. If the instructor involved is the Department Chair or if there is no Department Chair, the student shall meet with the appropriate Assistant or Associate Dean of the school involved. The Department Chair/Assistant or Associate Dean will meet with the student and with the instructor and recommend a solution to both the instructor and the student in writing within 10 calendar days.

Formal Grievance Process for Academic Matters

1.  If the student and instructor are still unable to reach agreement, the student may file a grievance with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (Student Conduct) generally within the 42 calendar days (6 weeks) of the start of classes after the grading period in question.

2.  The Office of Student Conduct shall immediately notify a Student and Faculty Advocate. The Student and Faculty Advocates will meet with the aggrieved student within 14 calendar days (2 weeks) and advise the student in the preparation of evidence necessary to support his/her complaints.

3.  Once a grievance has been forwarded, the Student Academic Grievance Board shall be convened to conduct a hearing within 21 calendar days (3 weeks). The Office of Student Conduct shall postpone the Student Academic Grievance Board Hearing in the event that the student is currently a party to an academic dishonesty case. The Board shall review all evidence, including the course syllabus, grading policy, exams, homework assignments, papers and other appropriate documents. Hearings are closed to all but the parties to the complaint, any witnesses, and the Student and Faculty Advocates. The student may be advised by the Student and Faculty Advocates during the hearing, but the Advocates may not testify. The Board will deliberate in executive session.

4. The decision of the Board is final, and the Board has the authority to change a grade or determine a remedy if it deems such action necessary. The decision will be provided in writing to the student, the instructor, the Student and Faculty Advocates, the Dean of the school or college involved, and, when a grade is changed, the University Registrar who shall amend the student's transcript. All written copies of the complaint, evidence, and decision, and the content of the hearings will be treated as confidential and will not be released other than as mentioned above.

All timelines for this process are suggested and may be extended for just cause.