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ACADEMIC VIOLATIONS

College of Liberal Arts Appeal Procedures

Grade Appeal Guidelines (pdf)

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 should first meet with the professor. Sometimes problems of miscalculation of points or other misunderstandings can be resolved in a conversation.

For allegations of academic dishonesty, the professor initiates the process by meeting with the student to present the evidence.

 

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. For allegations of academic dishonesty, after the meeting with the student, the professor will inform the student in writing of her/his decision.  If the student is dissatisfied with the professor’s decision, s/he may appeal in writing to the Chair within five working days.

3.   If the student is dissatisfied with the professor’s response, s/he must write a letter to the Chair (or Program Director in the case of graduate courses) attaching a copy of the professor’s written response. The Chair will review the appeal and gather facts relevant to the case.  S/he may ask to meet with the student if further clarification is needed.  The Chair will inform the student in writing of her/his decision. (If the Chair is the professor, the student should skip this step and direct the appeal to the Associate Dean (imakarushka@towson.edu).

For allegations of academic dishonesty, the professor will send the Chair a copy of the letter sent to the student and any additional information. The Chair will 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 (imakarushka@towson.edu) . 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 within five working days.

 

5.   The Associate Dean will review the appeal and may ask to meet with the student if further information is required. The Associate Dean will inform the student in writing of the decision regarding the appeal.

 

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, c/o the Office of Student Conduct & Civility Education, Division of Student Affairs. In the case of grade appeals in graduate courses, the students should consult Appendix E in the Graduate Catalog.  For allegations of academic dishonesty, the student must submit a letter of appeal to Associate Dean 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 YEAR.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITYAPPEALS: SEE TIMELINE IN STUDENT ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY or go to www.towson.edu/academicintegritypolicy

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


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