Change/Challenge of Grade
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The instructor of a course has the responsibility for any grade reported for official posting to a student’s academic transcript. Once a grade has been reported to the Office of the Registrar, the instructor may change it with appropriate justification within three (3) months from the end of the term the grade was issued. Only the instructor who issued the original grade (instructor of record) may submit a change. The change of grade must be documented on a Change of Grade form and be approved by the academic director of the department the course was taken and the Vice President of Instruction. Once the semester is over, students will not be allowed to submit make-up coursework and have their final grade recalculated. All coursework must have been submitted to the instructor within the term the course was taken.
Students challenging a grade reported to the Office of the Registrar must first communicate any concern he/she may have about the grade to the instructor of the class. An instructor agreeing to a student challenge must submit the change of grade to the Office of the Registrar within the time frame above. If the issue is not resolved with the instructor, the student may formally appeal a final grade to the Vice President of Instruction for the following reasons:
- Inconsistency between what is written in the syllabus and what is practiced
- Grade miscalculation
- Errors in the final exam if a change in the final exam grade would cause a change in the course grade
- Inconsistent classroom practices
The appeal must be filed within three (3) months from the end of the term the grade was issued. A student may not appeal disagreements with teaching methodologies, attendance policies, course syllabi requirements or grade weighting methods. Upon receipt of an appeal, the instructor will be contacted to submit a statement concerning the request of the student. The Vice President of Instruction may schedule a hearing with the student, instructor, academic director and registrar to address and bring final resolution to the appeal.
Mid-term grades are not part of a student’s permanent academic record nor are they an official grade recording period of the college. Mid-term grades are intended to only give the student an indication of progress in a course. Therefore, a change to or challenge of a mid-term grade will not be processed or considered by the Office of the Registrar.