GRADE APPEALS: At the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater it is
expected that instructors will evaluate students regularly and consistently by
criteria and guidelines presented to students at the beginning of each grading
period. If a student has reason to believe the grade is incorrect the student
may act on that by taking the following steps in chronological order. A
complaint which is timely filed under any other student complaint procedure and
then referred for processing under these procedures, shall be considered to have
met the deadline for filing as a grade appeal.
- Informal Process
- Consult the instructor whose grade is being appealed. This consultation
must take place within 7 calendar days of start of classes after the grading
period in question.
- If the student/instructor conference is unsatisfactory or if the instructor
is unwilling or unable to participate, within 7 calendar days the student may
schedule a conference with the chair of the department in which the course was
- After hearing the student's appeal, the chair will attempt to resolve the
problem within 7 calendar days.
- If this resolution is unsatisfactory, the student may then, within 7
calendar days after receiving the chairperson's response, submit a written
appeal to the Department's Grade Appeals Committee through the chairperson.
This will initiate the Formal Appeal Process.
- Formal Process
- The appeal must be in writing and signed by the student.
- The Department Grade Appeals Committee will
- convene to examine the appeal, the response and render its conclusion in
writing to the chair, student and instructor, within 14 calendar days of
receipt of the appeal.
- While the Grade Appeals Committee cannot require the instructor to change a
student's grade, the Committee can recommend such a change to the instructor
and to the Dean of the College in which the course is offered.
- Should the student wish to appeal beyond the department, the student may
submit the Committee findings and the basis for the further appeal to the Dean
of the College in which the course was offered, within 3 calendar days of
presentation of Committee findings. The Dean will review the student's appeal
and the findings of the Committee, and recommend appropriate action to the
department and the instructor within 14 days of receipt of the appeal.
- If this action is unsatisfactory to the student, a final appeal may be made
to the Provost who will determine whether a change in grade is to be made
within 14 days of receipt of the appeal. The Provost is the only individual
authorized to change a student grade without the instructor's permission.
However, the Provost may change a grade only when the faculty department
committee and the Dean support such a change.
UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Bulletin - 1997-1999
Office of the Registrar
Formatted by Matt Benson - UWW
Last Update - LW 8/31/97