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Werklund School of Education Appeals Policy & Process

A student who feels that a piece of graded term work (term paper, essay, test, etc.) has been unfairly graded may have the paper re-graded as follows. The student shall discuss the work with the instructor within fifteen days of being notified about the mark or of the item's return to the class. If not satisfied, the student shall immediately take the matter to the to the Dean or the appropriate Associate Dean of the Faculty offering the course. The result of that reassessment should be given to the student in writing.

The reappraisal of term work may cause the grade to be raised, lowered or to remain the same.

Should the student wish a further appeal for the reappraisal of term work the student must be address the appeal in writing to the Dean and must include:

• the decision being appealed,
• the specific grounds for the appeal,
• the remedy sought,
• the appellant's current address and telephone contact number(s),
• copies of all documentation relevant to the appeal,
• copies of any additional supporting evidence including a list of any persons who may be able to provide information that could assist in reaching a decision.

Sufficient grounds for an appeal would normally include alleged bias, alleged unfair procedures, or extenuating personal circumstances.
It is the responsibility of the appellant to submit in writing all relevant information available to him/her so that it can be considered at an appeal hearing.

At the Dean's discretion and depending upon the Dean's assessment of the case, the Dean may either, (1) refer the matter directly to the Chair of the Student Academic Appeals Committee or (2) attempt to resolve the problem in a manner which the Dean deems appropriate provided that, if the appellant is not satisfied with the proposed resolution, the Dean may request that the matter be then formally referred to the Student Academic Appeals Committee.

When an appeal is referred to the Student Academic Appeals Committee, the Chair will decide if the letter of appeal provides grounds on which the appeal can be heard. If the Chair decides that appropriate grounds have not been stated, the appeal will not be heard. Grounds for denying a hearing include:

• the decision being appealed is not clearly and fully stated in writing;
• the decision being appealed does not fall within the jurisdiction of the Student Academic Appeals Committee;
• the grounds for appeal are obviously not reasonable and/or are not clearly and fully stated in writing,
• a student, faculty member or administrator is merely dissatisfied with a decision.