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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 Program Director/Commander/Department Chair 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 Program Director/Commander/Department Chair.

Make an appointment with the academic leader 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 Program Director/Commander/Department Chair will gather information and discuss with the faculty member. They may also have a meeting with the student and faculty member.

The Program Director/Commander/Department Chair will submit the decision in writing to the student and faculty member within one week of the initial meeting with the student.

Step 3: Deans Office Review

If the situation is not resolved, the student will submit their appeal to the Dean. All previous documentation from the student, faculty member and Program Director/Commander/Department Chair will be forwarded to the Dean.

The Dean's decision is final and may not be appealed.

Academic Appeal Contacts
School of Health and Safety
  • Bonnie Smith, Dean
  • DVD 208

    School of Health and Safety
  • Penny Payne, Commander
  • Public Safety Services
  • PSS 104A

    School of Natural Resources
  • Kimberly Mullen, Dean
  • NR 217B

    School of Arts, Business and Science
  • Sarah Parker-Clever, Dean
  • OAKL 332