Students have the right to appeal any decision concerning course grades, termination from their graduate program or termination from their graduate assistantship. Appeals involving grades or other faculty-related issues are handled through the department and the dean of the academic college or school housing the department. There are detailed procedures and strict timelines for grade appeals. See "Grade Appeals" for more information.
Appeals involving termination from an assistantship or termination from a graduate program (e.g., denial of admission to candidacy, denial of a probationary term, etc.) are handled through the program and the Graduate School. The steps in this procedure are as follows.
- Appeal to the program through the Program Director and/or the Department Chair.
- Programs are encouraged to include a clearly defined appeals process in the student handbook for the respective program.
- Chairs should notify their respective college deans when student appeals are denied at the program/department level.
- If the situation cannot be resolved at the program level, the student may appeal to the Graduate School within thirty (30) calendar days of the program's denial of the first appeal by submitting documentation in writing to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. The program will also be given an opportunity to provide written documentation about the situation.
- Programs should provide specific details regarding why the program has denied the appeal and what steps were taken prior to the action, including a record of communication with the student regarding the action.
- The Graduate School's primary role in the appeals process is to review the student appeal and the program decision to ensure that due process has been followed.
- Appeals denied by the Graduate School will automatically be sent to the Graduate AP&P's Appeals Committee for review. The Appeals Committee is an ad hoc subcommittee of the Graduate AP&P consisting of graduate faculty from three departments other than the student's home department; the committee meets only on demand and does not usually meet with the student or the program. The committee's decision is binding. If the committee supports the student's appeal, the program will be required to accommodate the student's continuation in the program.