Catalog 2023-2024

Academic Appeals Policy

The following policy applies to undergraduate student appeals for exception to some University academic policy, waiver of academic requirements or dispute over student grades.  Note: The conditions under which a grade dispute may enter the appeals process are described in the "Grading" section. 

  1. Requests for exceptions to some academic policies and procedures described in this chapter may begin as Academic Petitions which are submitted to the attention of the Senior Associate Director of Academic Advising, are decided by the Academic Petitions Committee. The Academic Petitions Committee reserves the right to refer petitions to the Academic Appeals Committee for disposition.
  2. Student petitions on academic issues must be filed using the Academic Petition form. It is the student’s responsibility to provide all necessary supporting documentation with the petition when submitted for review. The Academic Petitions Committee and/or Academic Appeals Committee will consider information from the instructor, as well as information from any other source deemed appropriate for consideration of the petition/appeal. 
  3. If a student wishes to appeal a petition decision they may advance an academic appeal to the Academic Appeals Committee. The student may resubmit an appeal by the Academic Appeals Committee only if new information is available after a decision has been rendered. All requests for readmission from dismissal start as academic appeals.
  4. The decision of the Academic Appeals Committee is considered final. If the student believes that procedural due process was not followed, they may request a review by the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, which will render a decision as to whether the Academic Appeals Committee afforded procedural due process to the student in its consideration of the appeal.

See the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies section of this catalog for the policy on academic appeals for graduate students.