Appeals of grades, appeals of penalties for academic dishonesty, and appeals of actions related to the policy on Professional Conduct, will begin informally through discussion between the student and the faculty member involved and will proceed, if continued, through a series of formal steps culminating in a hearing before an Academic Appeals Committee, which will present its findings and recommendations for a decision to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. No final recommendation can be made without a quorum. The decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs will be final, unless it differs from that of the committee; in such cases, the student may appeal to the President, whose decision is final.
The appeals procedure is a student-motivated one; the responsibility to keep the action in progress rests primarily with the student.
Academic Appeals Committee
The Academic Appeals Committee reviews matters related to appeals of grades, appeals of penalties for academic dishonesty, appeals of actions related to the policy on professional conduct, and waivers of graduation requirements. The Academic Appeals Committee shall be composed of the following: 5 full-time faculty members (at least two shall teach at the Monroe campus) elected to a two year term at large from Academic Affairs, one Student Services faculty member elected by that cluster, and four students (at least 2 shall attend classes at the Monroe campus) appointed for a one year term by the Student Senate and/or Monroe Student Governance.
A quorum shall consist of the following: 7 persons - including 3 faculty members, 2 students, one student services faculty member and a dean (appointed by the President to hear the case). The Registrar may be asked to attend as an ex-officio member.
Appeals Not Covered Under Other Policies
Students may appeal a decision made by an administrator responsible for a department or division to the Vice President for Academic Affairs or Vice President, Enrollment & Student Affairs. The Vice President's decision will be final unless stated otherwise in specific College policy.