In the academic community, grades are a measure of student achievement toward fulfillment of course objectives. The responsibility for assessing student achievement and assigning grades rests with the Faculty, and except for unusual circumstances, the course grade given is final.
The Grade Appeals System affords recourse to a student who has evidence or believes that evidence exists to show that he or she has been assigned an inappropriate grade. Additionally, a student may challenge the reduction of a grade for alleged scholastic dishonesty.
A graduate student who wishes to appeal a grade received in regular course work may do so through the Grade Appeals System. However, a case involving the decision of a graduate examination committee, the acceptance of a graduate thesis, and the application of professional standards relating to the retention of a graduate student shall be handled by procedures authorized by the Graduate Council rather than the Grade Appeals System.