Academic Leadership Toolkit
Grade Appeals System
- To provide students with the opportunity to challenge final grades that they can show were awarded in an arbitrary, capricious, or discriminatory manner.
Authority and Responsibility:
- FSU Faculty Senate makes all academic policy. The Office of Faculty Development and Advancement assists academic leaders in implementing those policies appropriately.
- Instructors should establish grading standards in their syllabi and adhere to them consistently.
- Students bear the burden of proving that a grade was not awarded properly.
- Department chairs appoint three independent students (recommended by a departmental student organization, if possible) to serve on the student screening committee.
- Instructors are responsible for providing grade records, syllabi, and other necessary information to the grade appeals screening committee and the grade appeals board.
- Department chairs, with advice from the grade appeals board, assign the final grade in cases where the original grade is not upheld.
- Department chairs and deans are responsible for ensuring that the grade appeals system is followed appropriately in their units.
- Lack of specificity in grading standards leaves instructors vulnerable to grade appeals.
- Boards (or screening committees) are not given clear instructions regarding their roles and the amount of weight to give the instructor’s academic judgment.
- Departments sometimes implement more elaborate procedures than are needed.
- The assistant/associate deans in the colleges who work directly with student issues can provide valuable advice to faculty and department chairs and sometimes have background information that can facilitate problem resolution.
- The Associate Vice President for Faculty Development and Advancement [Jennifer Buchanan at 644-6876 or firstname.lastname@example.org] can help at any stage in the process.
- The Office of Faculty Development and Advancement hosts information about the Grade Appeals System.