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COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

APPEAL PROCEDURES

February 3, 2015

When students disagree with a grade they earned in a course or with an allegation of academic dishonesty, they have a right to appeal. This document outlines the appeal procedures in the College of Liberal Arts.

 

1.   If a student is dissatisfied with a grade, s/he must first meet with the professor. Some problems or misunderstandings can be resolved through a conversation. For grade appeals in graduate courses,  students should consult Appendix E in the Graduate Catalog.   For allegations of academic dishonesty, the professor meets with the student to present the evidence. If the student’s explanation is acceptable, no further action is required. If not, the professor must inform the student in writing of her/his decision and copy the Chair. The professor must follow the procedures outlined in the Student Academic Integrity Policy (www.towson.edu/academicintegritypolicy).

 

2.   If the student is dissatisfied with the explanation provided by the professor, s/he must write a letter of appeal* to the professor expressing specific concerns. The professor must respond to the student in writing regarding her/his decision and copy the Chair. For allegations of academic dishonesty, if the student is dissatisfied with the professor’s decision, s/he must appeal in writing to the professor within five working days.

 

3.   If the student is dissatisfied with the professor’s response, s/he must write a letter to the Chair attaching a copy of the professor’s written response. The Chair will review the appeal.  S/he may ask to meet with the student if further clarification is needed.  The Chair must inform the student in writing of her/his decision and copy the professor. (If the Chair is the professor, the student should skip this step and appeal to the Associate Dean.) For allegations of academic dishonesty, the student must write a letter to the Chair and include all correspondence and any additional information. The Chair must meet with the student within five working days.

 

4.   If the student is dissatisfied with the Chair’s response, s/he may write a letter of appeal to the Associate Dean (Dr. Irena Makarushka). Copies of all prior correspondence from the professor and Chair must be attached.  For allegations of academic dishonesty, the student must submit a letter of appeal to the Associate Dean within five working days of the receipt of the Chair’s letter.

 

5.   The Associate Dean will review the appeal and may ask to meet with the student if further information is required. The Associate Dean (Dr. Irena Makarushka) will inform the student in writing of the decision regarding the appeal and copy the Chair and the professor. For allegations of academic dishonesty, the Associate Dean will review the appeal and respond in writing within five working days, and copy the Chair and professor.

 

6.   If the student is dissatisfied with the decision of the Associate Dean, s/he may appeal the decision by submitting a letter to the Student Appeals Committee, Office of Student Conduct & Civility Education. For allegations of academic dishonesty, the student must submit a letter of appeal to the Student Appeals Committee, Office of Student Conduct & Civility Education within five working days.

 

7.   The Student Appeals Committee will inform the student in writing of its decision regarding the appeal.  The decision of the Student Appeals Committee is final.

GRADE APPEALS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITHIN ONE CALENDAR YEAR 

*Letters may be mailed or hand delivered as a hard copy or submitted as email attachments.


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