Custodian of Policy: Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic AffairsRelevant Minnesota State System Policy:
Effective Date: May 28, 2002
Last Review: Spring 2015
Next Review: Fall 2021
A. All students have the right to expect thoughtful and clearly defined approaches to course grading, but it must be recognized that varied standards and individual approaches to grading are valid. Course grading methods should be thoroughly explained to students at the beginning of the semester and must appear on the course syllabus.
B. In a course grade appeal, only arbitrariness, prejudice, and/or error will be considered as legitimate bases for an appeal.
If a student believes that discrimination or harassment were factors in the determination of the course grade awarded, a complaint should be filed with the Affirmative Action Officer under Minnesota State Colleges and Universities board policy.
C. A student may appeal a grade reduced for academic dishonesty through the Course Grade Appeal Policy.
D. The Course Grade Appeal process must be initiated by the student prior to the close of week six of the following semester. If the student moves to the formal grade appeal process it must be completed before the end of the semester in which the appeal was initiated.
In cases where an incomplete was originally assigned, an appeal must be made within six weeks of the date the final grade is posted by the Registrar's office and available to the student on the web. If the student uses the formal process, the process must be completed during the first ten weeks of the next academic year term.
E. The Course Grade Appeal Process