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CFAM Grade Appeal Policy
Approved by the Education Policy Committee
September, 2009

Undergraduate students wanting to appeal a grade received in a College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media unit course should first discuss the matter directly with the instructor.  If a satisfactory agreement is not reached, the student may submit an appeal in writing to the chair/director of the academic unit in which the course is offered.*  If the student and chair/director of the academic unit do not reach a satisfactory agreement, the student may submit an appeal in writing to the Dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, at which point the appeal may be referred to the  Education Policy Committee of the College for review.  The student’s written appeal to the Dean must be made by the end of the following semester after the academic unit’s decision.  For example, if the academic unit’s decision is made in the fall semester, the student has until the end of the spring semester to submit a written appeal.  If the Education Policy Committee of the College reviews the appeal it may request additional information from the student, the instructor, the academic unit or its chair/director as needed.  Education Policy Committee members who have voted on the case at the academic unit level must recuse themselves from the Committee’s vote.  Upon making a decision, the Education Policy Committee will send its recommendation to the Dean’s office in writing, and the Dean’s office will notify the student of the College’s decision.

*Some CFAM academic units require grade appeals to go through their own advisery committees.  Refer to individual academic unit guidelines for additional information.