If you have good reason to believe that you were assigned an inappropriate final grade in a course, you can appeal your final grade according to the Final Grade Appeals policy (217). The full final grade appeal process is described in the Final Grade Appeal Procedures.
The policy allows students to appeal a final grade on the following grounds:
- Alleged failure by the instructor to follow the evaluation profile, grade assignment and operational details as stated in the course syllabus and/or instructions for assignments, examinations, or projects. Students must be notified in writing or electronically of any changes to the distributed course syllabus or to the instructions for individual components;
- Alleged failure of the instructor to apply the evaluation criteria to the student in a reasonable manner, consistent with other students in the class;
- Alleged failure by the instructor or departments/divisions to follow approved and relevant university, faculty, department, or school policies and procedures.
- Alleged failure of the instructor to adequately consider and provide reasonable accommodations in response to documented extenuating circumstances that prevented or delayed a student from completing or submitting one or more components of the course.
If you believe you have one or more grounds for a final grade appeal, refer to the procedures below.
Appeals for the following reasons cannot be accepted:
- An appeal to correct a grade calculation error. If you believe there was an error in the calculation of your final grade, you will need to contact your instructor directly.
- Appeals of a grade received for an individual item of work.
- Complaints related to the general performance of the instructor. Concerns of this nature can be referred to the appropriate Department Head or Dean.
Before submitting your appeal
Appealing a final grade is a formal process, and needs to follow set timelines and procedures. Wherever possible, supporting evidence and documentation should be provided. Before submitting an appeal, do the following: