It is the instructor’s prerogative to evaluate student work and assign grades in accordance with his or her academic and professional judgment. Grounds to appeal an assigned grade include but are not limited to: (a) the application of nonacademic criteria in the grading process (b) evaluation of student work by criteria not directly reflective of performance relative to course requirements and (c) a miscalculation of the grade according to information contained in the course syllabus or other posted or distributed course information. A student who wishes to appeal an assigned grade may avail themselves of the following process.
Step 1: Student-Initiated Discussion with Instructor
If a student believes an assigned grade was issued in error, the student should first confer with the instructor regarding the accuracy of the grade received. The instructor will provide an explanation for the grade and reference grading procedures for the assignment and course. If the grade was assigned in error, the instructor will correct the grade.
Step 2: Student-Initiated Discussion with Department Chair
If the student is not satisfied with the instructor’s decision, the student may request a meeting with the Department Chair. This request must be made in writing via LIM College email within seven days of the meeting between the student and the instructor. The request for an appointment must include a statement asserting the basis for the appeal and a summary of efforts made thus far to resolve the grade in question.
For Experiential Education courses, appeals should be submitted to the Senior Director of Experiential Education & Career Management. For First Year Experience courses, appeals should be submitted to the Assistant Vice President for Student Success or designee. For courses in which the Department Chair is the instructor, students should proceed directly to Step 3.
Step 3: Student-Initiated Submission of Grade Appeal Form
A student may not move to Step 3 without having completed Steps 1 and 2, except when the instructor and Department Chair is the same person.
If upon completion of Steps 1 and 2 the student is not satisfied with the outcome, the student should submit a Grade Appeal Form to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs by February 15 for fall courses, July 15 for spring courses, and September 15 for summer courses. Supporting documentation and materials may be submitted with the Grade Appeal Form.
Within 30 days of receipt of the Grade Appeal Form, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will review all material submitted by the student, the instructor’s grading criteria, the instructor’s evaluation of the student’s work, and any other pertinent material. The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will then issue a final decision either upholding or changing the grade in question. The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will inform the instructor, the Department Chair, and the student in writing as to the decision. If the grade in question is to be changed, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will submit a Change of Grade Form to the LIM College Registrar. The decision made by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs is final and there are no further options for appeal.
In cases where the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs is the instructor who assigned the grade in question, the Dean of Academic Affairs will facilitate the process outlined in Step 3. In cases where the Dean of Academic Affairs is the instructor who assigned the grade in question, the Provost & Executive Vice President will facilitate the process outlined in Step 3.