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Academic Appeal Process

The Academic Appeal Process provides students with the opportunity to voice their concerns about a classroom or academic experience. This process provides an unbiased forum to discuss your experience.

Students wishing to appeal or discuss an academic or classroom concern should start this process within two weeks of the incident creating concern. No adverse action will be taken against a student who chooses to utilize this process.

PRIOR TO SUBMITTING AN ACADEMIC APPEAL, THE STUDENT MUST FIRST DISCUSS THE SITUATION WITH THE FACULTY MEMBER. If the situation is not resolved with the faculty member, the student begins the academic appeal process by submitting documentation to the Dean of the program.

Please review all of the steps involved in the process stated below. Since this is a formal process, you should keep copies of all records and activities relative to this appeal and be properly prepared to present your appeal.

Step 1: Gather pertinent data

The first step in filing an appeal is to gather pertinent data, which may include (but is not limited to):

  • Course syllabus
  • Any addendums (for example, handbooks or other handouts) supplied by the faculty if applicable to the course
  • Copies of any/all tests, quizzes or papers in your possession which may be relevant to the situation
  • Copies of any/all notices and/or correspondence between you and the faculty member relevant to the situation

Make sure you describe in writing what happened, when it happened, why it happened, and how it happened. Organize your thoughts and be as specific as possible with dates, times and a list of any witnesses. Be factual.

Step 2: Meet with department Dean (to be completed within 1 week of submitting appeals form and documentation to the Dean)

Make an appointment with the Dean supervising the department responsible for the course. Present your documentation respectfully and discuss your concerns with the experience and your meeting with the instructor.

The Dean will gather information and discuss with the faculty member. The Dean may have a meeting with the student and faculty member.

The Dean will submit the decision in writing to the student and faculty member within one week of the initial meeting with the student.

Step 3: Hearing with the Provost Review Committee (PRC)

(to be completed within two weeks of submitting appeals form and documentation to the Provost's Office)

If the situation is not resolved at the Dean's level, the student will submit their appeal for a hearing of the PRC. All previous documentation from the student, faculty member and Dean will be submitted to the Provost's office and a hearing date will be set.

The Provost Review Committee will have three to five members that may include the Provost, Associate Provost, Student Affairs Coordinator and/or designees. The hearing will allow the student to read their statement, the faculty member to respond and the PRC to ask questions. At the conclusion of the hearing the committee will submit the decision in writing to all parties.

The Provost Review Committee's decision is final.

Student Affairs
Joe Wakeman
3301 Hocking Parkway
Nelsonville, OH 45764
740.753.6098
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