Grade Appeal Procedures

Bill 13-A-01 - Revising "Grade Appeal Procedures" to establish a policy section (Approved)


Approved by the Faculty Senate
January 30, 2013

BRIEF SUMMARY: This bill specifies the policy portion of the existing Faculty Handbook section on Grade Appeal Procedures (Chapter 3, Section C8).


BE IT RESOLVED THAT: the section be named "Grade Appeals"

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT: subject to the passage and approval of both this bill and its companion bill establishing a corresponding "procedures" section, Chapter 3, Section C8 of the Faculty Handbook be amended by replacing the existing content with the following "policy" section (with the companion "procedures" to follow it in the Handbook):

Grade Appeals Policy

Faculty members of Southeast Missouri State University toshould communicate to students early in the term a clear statement of the grading practices and procedures that will be used to determine the student's final grade. Students are responsible for meeting the standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled, and the evaluation of student academic performance is an essential responsibility of the faculty. Grading procedures and criteria should be included in the course outline provided to students. If a student believes those practices and procedures were not consistently and accurately followed when the faculty member determined the student's final grade for the course, the student shall have the right to appeal the case first with the faculty member, then with the department chair, and finally, with a committee of faculty members. It should be noted that grade appeals are for rare instances of arbitrary and capricious grading on the part of the faculty member. Arbitrary and capricious grading, as that term is used here, comprises any of the following:

  1. The assignment of a grade to a particular student on some basis other than the performance in the course;
  2. The assignment of a grade to a particular student according to more exacting or demanding standards than were applied to other students in the course;
  3. The assignment of a grade by a substantial departure from the instructor's previously announced standards.

For instances not dealing with arbitrary and capricious grading, such as a mistake made in the grading process, students should first seek to resolve the grading mistake with the faculty member.


Action Date
Introduced to Senate 11/28/2012
Second Senate Meeting 1/30/2013
Faculty Senate Vote 1/30/2013
Board of Regent's Approval
Posted to Faculty Handbook