Grade appeal guidelines for a course taught in the School of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Special Grade Appeal Guidelines for Spring 2020
This modified grade appeal process has been enacted due to the unusual circumstances of the spring 2020 semester caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Normally the grade appeal process is not addressed over the summer. However, we understand there may have been many factors that might have impacted student learning and course administration. This modified process is intended to afford students the opportunity to address any grade issues in a timely fashion. Note that these policies pertain only to courses taken in the spring 2020 semester.
As soon as you identify a problem with the grade you were awarded, immediately speak with the instructor of the course. For a spring 2020 course, this can occur over the summer of 2020, but must be completed within two weeks of the start of the fall 2020 semester. Most appeals are resolved at this point.
Over the summer and within the first four weeks of the semester
If the appeal is not resolved with the instructor, students should submit the grade appeal in writing following the criteria outline on the SBS Grade Appeal Form. The Grade Appeal and any supporting evidence should be submitted via email to the School of Biological Sciences Director’s Office, email@example.com.
The SBS Director will act on the appeal within two weeks of receipt of a completed form. If the appeal is not resolved with the Director, the student has the right to appeal the decision and submit the appeal to the SBS Undergraduate Affairs and Grade Appeals Committee, also by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The appeal must be submitted by the student within two weeks of receipt of the Director's decision.
SBS Undergraduate Affairs and Grade Appeals Committee process
The SBS Undergraduate Affairs and Grade Appeals Committee will meet and discuss the appeal. The Committee will examine the evidence and consult with the student & instructor as needed.
The Committee cannot and will not attempt to resolve disputes about a student's knowledge of any subject matter such as re-grading. Rather, the committee’s only responsibility is to ensure due process in awarding the course grade.
The Committee cannot adjudicate minor complaints. It cannot and will not take a role purely on the grounds that failure to change a grade will prevent graduation, cause the loss of financial assistance or otherwise impede the student’s progress.
One of three courses of action will be taken by the Committee:
- Reject the case, giving the student full and sufficient reason in writing for its refusal to hear the case.
- Refer the case back to the instructor or student, while suggesting that a resolution should be reached between them and giving construction suggestions in writing toward that end.
- Accept the case unconditionally. Then it will solicit additional information from any source relevant to the case. Supplement the case with interviews if necessary. Consider the full body of evidence. Render its decision within 30 days in writing to both parties, providing reasons for the decision.
Within 30 days from the submission of an appeal, the committee will make a recommendation. The Committee cannot change grades; rather the committee will make a recommendation regarding assignment of the final grade. The student has the right to appeal the decision and submit the appeal immediately to the College of Arts & Sciences Grading Appeals Committee, 1223 Oldfather, Lincoln, NE 68588-0312.