Grade Appeals

The grade appeals procedure is appropriate only when there is alleged capricious, arbitrary, or discriminatory behavior on the part of the instructor. The professional judgment of the instructor cannot be challenged or appealed by these procedures

  1. Arbitrary refers to a grading decision for which there is no sound academic reason, or a decision based solely on preference or whim.
  2. Capricious refers to a grading decision not resulting from a reasonable and announced grading policy and procedure.
  3. Discriminatory refers to a grading decision reflecting differential treatment based on race, religion, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin.

Students who believe their final grade is unfair, arbitrary, or discriminatory, can appeal their grade within 10 business days of the start of the following academic term. The grievance policy and procedure can be found at Students are encouraged to discuss their grades with their instructors prior to appealing a grade.