In the College of Education (COE), appeals by undergraduate students are heard by the academic department/school, the Academic Review Committee, the Student Affairs Committee, and the Dean as appropriate.*
Students should contact the respective department chair/school director regarding complaints about classroom performance of the instructor and grade appeals. Grade appeals must follow the procedures established by the department/school. Students should contact the coordinator of the Office of Student Services regarding concerns about academic advising.
The Academic Review Committee (ARC) is an administrative review committee appointed by the Dean to act on requests related to the following:
Students wishing to make such requests should contact their academic advisor for details for submitting a request. Appeals must be submitted in writing following the established procedures.*
Based on their administrative or managerial appointments, the following are appointed by the Dean to serve as the members of this committee:
Students wishing to make such requests should contact their academic advisor.*
According to university policy, academic suspension is based on the number of hours attempted at UNO, the cumulative grade point average for total hours attempted at UNO, and the grade point average for the most recently completed semester.
The online semester grade report notifies students of academic suspension and instructs them to contact the dean's office. A letter will also be sent with instructions to see their advisor immediately.
A student desiring to appeal the suspension and receive an "extension of probation" must:
When written appeals are received, the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee will call a meeting of the committee to determine, on an individual basis, whether the suspension will be upheld or an extension of probation will be granted. The student or chair of the committee may request the student to appear in person before the committee.
The Student Affairs committee is an advisory committee to the Dean. As such, the committee makes a recommendation to the Dean. The committee, informs the student of its recommendation. The Dean makes the final decision on whether the suspension is upheld or academic probation is extended. Upon the final decision, the student and advisor are informed of the decision. There is no appeal beyond the Dean. The registrar is advised of the Dean's decision. For the procedures to gain reinstatement following suspension, students should consult with the College of Education's academic advisors.
Students under academic suspension, who are allowed by the dean to register pending their appeal outcome, must pay all required tuition and fees. If the appeal to extend probation is denied, the student will be disenrolled and tuition (but not fees) will be refunded. Academic suspension is for a minimum of one calendar year. For the procedures to gain reinstatement following suspension, students should consult the appropriate UNO catalog.
Students who receive a grade of "D", "F", or "U", who are withdrawn from any laboratory or clinical experience, or who voluntarily withdraw after being identified as a student in jeopardy, must petition the Academic Review Committee if they wish to continue their program. Student teachers who receive a grade of "U" or "I", who are withdrawn from any student teaching placement, or who voluntarily withdraw after being identified as a student teacher in jeopardy, must petition the Academic Review Committee if they wish to continue their professional preparation program.
The student must file a written petition to the Chair of the respective Committee. The appeal form is available at online.
Upon receipt of a student's appeal, the Committee will observe the following procedures:
A student who has a complaint about the classroom performance of his/her instructor should initiate a conference with the particular instructor to discuss the apparent discrepancy or disagreement. If the conference fails to yield a resolution, the student should arrange a conference with the Chair of the Department* to which the instructor is assigned.
If informal attempts at resolution fail to yield the relief sought, the student may wish to formalize the procedure by submitting a written petition to the Chair of the Department*. Upon receipt of the petition, the Department Chair shall constitute a committee to hear the petition. The written petition should include:
The Chair of the Department should notify the student and course instructor of the date, time, and place of the hearing. The notification should include a description of the procedures to be followed during the hearing. The procedures shall conform to due process requirements.
If the relief sought is not recommended at the department level, the student may appeal to the dean, who will refer the appeal to the appropriate committee.
*Note: References on this page will use the designation of "Chair" to refer to the chief administrator of each academic unit in the college, including the Director of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. By the same token, when the term "department" is used, it will include the School of HPER.
Students may be denied permission to continue in the Professional Education Component of programs on the basis of deficient grade point average, conduct or deportment during laboratory experience which has a negative impact upon the learning of youngsters in the sites used for such experiences, or health problems or safety habits which may negatively affect the health and well-being of youngsters and staff on the sites used for laboratory experiences.
Students who wish to appeal their denial of continuation in the Professional Education component should direct their written petitions to the Academic Review Committee within 10 days after receiving notification of denial. The petition form is available online.
Written notification of the action recommended by the Academic Review Committee will be forwarded to the student, his/her advisor, and the dean of the College.
The recommendation for certification must be supported by the Department Chair and the certification officer of the college. If the student is denied the recommendation, he/she may petition the respective department for consideration. If the decision rendered at the department level does not grant the relief sought, the student may petition the Student Affairs Committee for consideration within 10 days after receiving written notification of the denial decision.
Students may be denied a recommendation for certification at the college level if the requirements for certification are not completed, the proficiency examination requirements are not met, the grade point requirements are not met, sufficient cause can be shown at the department level for not recommending certification, or if the student has been convicted of a felony. (See special note below.)
The Student Affairs Committee will conduct hearings on such petitions when the student submits a written request and is able to provide evidence that the recommendation was denied at the department level. The appeal form is available online.
The Chair of the Student Affairs Committee will notify (at least 10 days in advance) the student and the Chair of the respective Department of the date, time and place of the hearing. The notification will include a description of the procedures to be followed during the hearing.
Written notification of the action recommended by the Student Affairs Committee will be forwarded to the student, his/her advisor, and the dean of the College.
Individuals who believe that their grade in a particular course does not properly reflect their performance or that the instructor acted in an arbitrary or capricious manner in determining the grade should first contact the instructor to determine the rationale for the grade or if there was an error in reporting. Consultation with the instructor should take place before taking any formal action in regard to a grade appeal.
After the instructor has provided the rationale for the grade in question and has indicated that no error in reporting was made, the individual may then wish to petition the department/school for reconsideration. In such instances, the student should contact the department chair/school director to obtain information on the procedures to follow in requesting an appeal at the department/school level.
If an individual believes that the department/school action did not comply with the due process procedures or did not provide legitimate relief, he/she may petition the Student Affairs Committee of the College of Education. The Student Affairs Committee is the appellate body for grade appeals after a student has received a decision at the department/school level. Students wishing to appeal a grade to the Student Affairs Committee should contact the Dean’s Office (Roskens Hall 211) to obtain the procedures to follow in filing an appeal.