Academic Grievance Procedure

Students have the right to appeal or petition an academic decision. For the appeals procedure to be followed after suspension, see Appeals Procedure for Readmission. For other appeals or petitions, the student must make the appeal or petition, in writing, in accordance with the applicable school or program procedure. Please see the appropriate dean or program director for a copy of the procedure. Written appeals must be submitted during the first four weeks into the next semester and must include documentary evidence that the student feels has a bearing upon the request.

A faculty committee from the school involved reviews the appeal. The student may be present at the hearing. The decision of the faculty appeals committee will be reported to the student within five school days of the date of the hearing.

If the decision of the faculty committee is not acceptable to the student, the student may file a written appeal with the Academic Grievance Committee within five school days of notification of the faculty decision. The Academic Grievance Committee is made up of the Academic Vice President, the Dean of Students, and the Academic Deans, except the one whose school is involved in the appeal. All materials included in the faculty’s deliberations, including the student’s written appeal and the proceedings of the faculty hearing, are made available to the Academic Grievance Committee and become part of the proceedings. The hearing before the Academic Grievance Committee will be held within fifteen school days of receiving the written appeal. The student may be present at the appeal hearing. The student and faculty representatives may call members of the college as supporting witnesses. The decision of the Academic Grievance Committee is reported to the student within five school days of the date of the hearing.

Decisions of the Academic Grievance Committee are final.

Students have the right to continue their enrollment and participation in academic programs until final decisions are reached. Failure of students to file appeals within specified time limits is considered acknowledgment of the action without intent to appeal.