Students may appeal departmental decisions concerning academic actions to the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
Students may appeal decisions of the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs to the Dean's Council, a committee composed of college deans and faculty members. Students may appeal decisions of the Dean's Council to the Student Policies and Appeals Committee, a standing committee elected by the college faculty.
These levels of appeal are subject to the limits below concerning the final level of appeal for each type of academic action. Students who feel that the college appeal process was conducted unfairly may appeal to the Provost's Office as specified in the Academic Policies chapter of the catalog.
Departments set the requirements for the majors and minors that they administer. Substitutions and waivers of requirements require the approval of Undergraduate Academic Affairs. When a department denies a substitution or waiver of a requirement, this decision may be appealed to the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs on the basis of procedural irregularity only, and it is the final level of approval.
The Dean's Council is the final level of appeal for course overloads, consortium registration, study elsewhere, and withdrawals after the drop deadline within the semester. Appeals of these decisions may be made to the Student Policies and Appeals Committee on the basis of procedural irregularity only, and it is the final level of approval.
Student Policies and Appeals Committee is the final level of appeal for college level requirements for CHSS; retroactive actions (adds, withdrawals, graduation); return from suspension; and dismissal. This committee is the final level of approval within the college.
There is no waiver or appeal of satisfactory performance standards (minimum grades or grade point average, GPA) that have been set by the department or program faculty for the courses in their major or minor.
Students should file all appeals in a timely manner, usually within the semester in which the original decision is rendered, but no later than the final day of classes of the following semester.
In order to appeal a decision, a student must submit an Appeal Request form to the Undergraduate Academic Affairs office. This appeal should include any additional relevant information that was not previously supplied.