UW-Whitewater University Handbook
Last policy revision: 6/1/94
Student Grade Appeals
Based on Student Academic Grievance Procedures, approved by Senate 12/11/90,
by Chancellor 1/23/91, published 2/6/91, revised by Senate 11/9/93 and
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.
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 offered.
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 APPEAL 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 if 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 7 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/Vice Chancellor within 7 calendar days who will determine
whether a change in grade is to be made within 14 days of receipt of the
appeal. The Provost/Vice Chancellor is the only individual authorized to
change a student grade without the instructor's permission. However, the
Provost/Vice Chancellor may change a grade only when the faculty department
committee and the dean support such a change.
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