When a faculty member(s) has alleged that a student, individually or as part of a group, has performed an act of academic dishonesty and has penalized the student for the act, the student has a right to contest the allegations and/or the penalty. Because the university presumes that students act honestly, a charge of academic dishonesty will only be upheld if the faculty member provides a preponderance of the evidence to show that the student performed an act of academic dishonesty. Charges of academic dishonesty must be assessed on an individual basis.
Faculty members have the sole right and responsibility to provide careful evaluation and timely assignment of appropriate grades. In the absence of compelling reasons, such as instructor or clerical error, prejudice or capriciousness, the grade assigned by the instructor of record is to be considered final.
A student who alleges capricious, arbitrary or prejudicial (collectively “arbitrary”) treatment in the assignment of a course grade (“grade”) has a right to contest that grade. Because the university presumes that the individuals who assigned the grade (“faculty member”) were fair and objective in the assignment of that grade, a grade will be upheld unless the student presents a preponderance of the evidence that the faculty members acted arbitrarily. A faculty member’s normal exercise of professional judgment will not support a charge of arbitrary treatment.
The student shall initiate either appeals process by contacting the faculty member within 30 calendar days of the first day of classes of the regular semester (fall or spring) following the grade assignment. The written appeal shall be submitted within 60 calendar days of the first day of classes of the regular semester (fall or spring) following the grade assignment. The university will attempt to conclude each appeal within 180 calendar days from the date on which the student submitted the written appeal to the Coordinator of Academic Appeals. Appeals will only be heard during either the fall or spring semesters.
The Coordinator of Academic Appeals shall be chosen by the Vice President for Student Affairs. The Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate shall have a consultative role in the making of that appointment. The duties of the coordinator shall include:
EFFECTIVE DATE: June 24, 2005
Supersedes: UPS 300.030 dated 12-4-02
and ASD 04-179
Source: Academic Standards Committee
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