On occasion, a student may disagree with the academic decision of a faculty member or academic professional, administrator or committee. The college provides an appeals process for the student to request reconsideration of an academic decision.
Appeals are petitions to change a decision rendered about an academic matter. The basis for a student’s appeal of an academic decision may be either that the academic judgment was unfair in the view of the student or that the college's academic policies were applied incorrectly in the view of the student.
ARC – Academic Review Committee
Students are responsible for reviewing and abiding by the college's academic policies and procedures. Students are responsible for their academic choices and for meeting the standards of academic performance established for each study or course in which they enroll.
Faculty are responsible for establishing methods and criteria for evaluation and evaluating a student’s performance in learning contracts, courses, final projects, exams, prior learning assessments, etc. Evaluations of students, awards of academic credit and other academic judgments are based upon academic performance and the application of relevant academic policies.
Academic judgments made by faculty and other academic professionals are recorded in college documents, such as:
The dean or designee for the program where an academic decision was made is responsible for administering the appeals process.
If the relevant administrator made the original academic decision while serving in the role of mentor, tutor or evaluator, an appointed faculty member fills the administrative role in the appeals process.
The locus of appeal is with the program or academic unit where the original academic decision was made. For example, if a student enrolls in a Nursing course and appeals the course outcome, the appeal is reviewed by the School of Nursing. Questions about the appropriate locus of an appeal are resolved by the Office of Academic Affairs. The relevant administrator should provide the student with a copy of the Student Academic Appeals Policy.
The college appeals process includes an informal resolution procedure as well as a procedure for formal appeal of an academic decision. The college strongly encourages the student to attempt an informal resolution before making a formal appeal.
The informal resolution process includes two possible steps:
The center or program administrator discusses the academic decision with the student and listens to the student’s perspective on the situation, and may gather additional relevant information. The administrator attempts to facilitate understanding and acceptance by the student of the original decision or agreement by the parties to an alternative resolution, as appropriate. The center or program administrator does not play a decision-making role; rather, he or she facilitates a resolution when possible.