I.    Grounds for Appeal

1. A student may appeal a grade if, and only if, he or she is able to demonstrate that the grade was based on factors other than a fair assessment of the student’s academic performance in the course.

2. The standards by which grades are assigned, the number and relative weight of assignments on which grades are based, and decisions to allow students to make up or retake missed examinations or assignments, are not grounds for appeal.

II.  Procedure for Filing a Grade Appeal 

1. A student seeking a grade change must first discuss the situation with the course instructor. If the instructor declines to change the grade, the student may file an appeal with the Department Head, provided the conditions in section I are met.

2. To initiate an appeal, the student must submit to the Department Head a written petition that describes the grounds for his or her objection to the assigned grade. The Department Head will assign the grade appeal to an ad hoc committee that will not include the instructor who assigned the grade in question.

3. The departmental appeal will be conducted in accordance with the following guidelines.

i. Both the student and the instructor will have the opportunity to address the committee, either in writing or in person. In the latter case, the committee will meet separately with the student and the instructor.

ii. The student may have an advisor present at the committee. However, the advisor may not address the committee.

iii. The departmental committee will decide the appeal by majority vote.

iv. The committee will submit their decision in writing to the Department Head. The Department Head will furnish copies of the committee’s written decision to the student and the instructor.

v. If the committee rules in favor of the student, the instructor may file an appeal with the Academic Standards Committee of the Franklin College, within thirty days after receiving the committee’s decision. The request for an appeal will be made in writing, care of the Dean's office, and the instructor will furnish a copy to the Department Head. If the instructor declines to appeal the decision, or does not file an appeal within thirty days, the Department Head will submit the grade change to the Dean’s office, along with a copy of the departmental committee’s written decision. If the instructor appeals the committee's decision within the thirty-day period, the Department Head will not submit the grade change, and will inform the student that the instructor has filed an appeal. In this case, the Franklin College Academic Standards Committee will then make the final ruling on the appeal.

vi. If the committee rules in favor of the instructor, the student may file an appeal with the Academic Standards Committee, within thirty days after receiving the committee’s decision. The request for an appeal will be made in writing, care of the Dean's office, and the Dean's office will furnish a copy to the Department Head. The Department Head will then inform the instructor that the student has filed an appeal. In this case, the Franklin College Academic Standards Committee will then make the final ruling on the appeal.

Rev. 3/2014