Students who wish to appeal a violation of the student's academic rights, a finding of an academic offense, or any other action involving an academic matter must confer with the Academic Ombud before appealing to the University Appeals Board. Academic Ombud Services provides a mechanism for mediating issues when no established procedure exists or normal procedures have not yielded a satisfactory solution.
Academic Ombud Services is not intended to supplant the normal processes of problem resolution. Students should attempt to resolve the issue through normal procedures before contacting Academic Ombud Services; students may contact our office for consultation as they attempt to resolve the issue through normal processes.
The normal process for resolution of an issue is to schedule an appointment to speak with the course instructor and department chair. If the issue remains unresolved and the department has a process for resolving grievances, utilize that process. If the issue is outside of a course, or you are unsure how to resolve a particular issue, please call our office for consultation.
If the issue involves a violation of the student's rights and the normal processes have not resolved the issue, the student may contact Academic Ombud Services.
Discussions regarding potential appeals are confidential, but once the formal appeal process begins documents pertaining to the case are shared with the student, the instructor, and the members of the Appeals Board. The outcome of the hearing will be shared with the student, instructor, Academic Ombud, and, as appropriate, the Registrar. Additionally, for academic offense appeals, the chair and responsible deans will be notified of the outcome. If the penalty is suspension or more severe, the Provost will be notified.. For more information, please contact the Academic Ombud.
Please note: Students have 180 days to appeal academic matters including, but not limited to, grade appeals; students have ten days to appeal academic offense determinations.
Grades from fall 2020 semester may be appealed from December 9, 2020, through June 4, 2021.