What is a Grade Appeal?
If you are unhappy with a final grade, the first step you should take is to contact your professor. If the matter is still unresolved, you can reach out to the Chairperson or Dean. We can help you draft these emails if needed.
If you still believe your grade unfairly reflects your academic performance (due to medical reasons, inconsistency with the course outline, unfair treatment by a professor, etc.), you can file a formal grade appeal within 3 months of the last day of the semester in which the course was taken.
You are encouraged to seek help from the SMUSA VP Academic in preparing your appeal package.
Your final grade may be raised, lowered or unchanged. Remember that the decision of the Committee regarding grade appeals is final and no further appeals are possible.
What You Have to Do
If you wish to do file Grade Appeal, you must do the following:
- Submit a written appeal to the Registrar by filling out the Academic Appeals form, which can be accessed here. There is a $30 fee involved that will be returned if your appeal is upheld. Let us know if you are unable to pay this fee.
- In the form, clearly state the reason for the appeal, precisely which part of the graded coursework you are appealing (it could be the entire coursework) and what outcome you expect from the appeal.
- Attach all necessary supporting documents – communication with your professor (emails, etc.), any retained graded work directly related to the grade, and any other retained graded work from the course.
- You can also submit a letter to the Committee on Academic Appeals explaining any medical or personal circumstances that hindered your performance, attaching medical or other related documents to support this letter.
- You will be allowed to come in to discuss the appeal in person with the Committee. Remember to stay calm and address specific points from the professor’s statement.
How We Can Help You
We want to listen to your concerns and support you through the process. We can help you understand University regulations and appeal procedures, discuss possible resolutions, and act as a liaison between you and the administration/faculty. We have an open-door policy and will ensure a welcoming, non-judgemental, confidential, and professional setting.
Here are some of the ways we can help you with your grade appeal:
- Help you create your appeal package
- Help you understand the process and answer any questions you may have.
- Attend the meeting with you and be your advocate.
- Make sure the process and procedures are followed.
Questions, Feedback, or Concerns?
Have any additional questions, comments, or concerns about grade appeals? Need help putting together your appeal package? Contact Abbie!