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Appeals Process

When a student wishes to appeal a decision made by University College faculty, administrators, or staff regarding academic misconduct, requirements, or policies, the student should first attempt to resolve the issue by discussing his or her concerns with the member of the university involved in the dispute. If the matter is not resolved to the complainant's satisfaction by contacting the person(s) involved, the University College formal appeals process should be invoked.

This appeals process does not generally apply in cases of grade change appeals based on quality of work for which the final decision rests with the faculty member and/or course coordinator. It can only be used for grade appeals when there is a procedural or policy issue involved.

All appeals are subject to relevant campus policies and procedures as well as the University College appeals process outlined below. Thus, the appeals process for academic misconduct outlined in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct will be followed in all University College academic appeals. The items below clarify implementation of the stated university process within University College.

  1. The student meets with the assistant dean/director of advising of University College to discuss options for resolution of the problem.
  2. If the problem is not resolved in the meeting with the assistant dean/director of advising of University College, student may submit a letter to the associate dean of academic affairs within seven calendar days of the meeting with the assistant dean/director of advising (excluding university recognized holidays and breaks) requesting that the matter be handled by the Appeals Board.
  3. The appeal is considered by the University College Appeals Board formed by the associate dean of academic affairs. This committee is comprised of three members of the University College Curriculum Committee, associate dean for academic affairs, and two student representatives from the University College Student Council. The associate dean of academic affairs will appoint a faculty member to serve as the presiding officer and to convene the Appeals Board. Procedures for convening and holding the Appeals Board hearing will follow the process for academic misconduct as stated in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
  4. The Appeals Board is the final decision-making body for all University College academic appeals unless a documentable procedural error occurred during the Appeals Board process in which case a final appeal may be made to the executive vice chancellor. In such a case, the procedures outlined in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct will be followed.