2018-2019 Catalog

Academic Appeals

In academic questions, as in all other areas of appeal, the intent of the University is to try first to reach a resolution informally among those involved; failing this, more formal steps may be taken.

Academic appeals fall broadly into four categories:

  1. Those concerning a grade or a requirement in a particular course.
  2. Those concerning penalties resulting from violations of academic honesty.
  3. Those concerning the interpretation or application of a general education or major/degree/program requirement.
  4. Those concerning academic disqualification from the University.

    The procedures and timelines for dealing with these various categories of academic appeals are described below. Once an appeals process begins, all University personnel will protect the privacy of the student and the confidentiality of the process.

Academic Appeals Concerning a Grade or Requirement in a Particular Course:

Step 1 . The student will first contact the instructor who has assigned the grade in question or is responsible for determining course requirements. This step must be taken no later than the end of the academic term following the term in which the problem arose (excluding Summer term). Normally, students will resolve their concerns informally at this point.

Step 2 . If the question remains unresolved, the student may initiate a formal appeal process with the Chairperson. In order to initiate this process, the student will direct a written appeal to the Chairperson. The Chairperson will investigate the matter, meeting—at his/her discretion—with those involved. Within fifteen (15) working days of the receipt of the written appeal, the Chairperson will report in writing to the student his/her findings and decision.

Step 3 . The student may, within fifteen (15) working days following receipt of the Chairperson’s decision, direct a written appeal, including supporting evidence, to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Vice President will investigate the matter, meeting—at his/her discretion—with those involved. Within fifteen (15) working days of receipt of the student’s appeal, the Vice President will report in writing to the student his/her findings and decision. The decision of the Vice President is final even if a decision against the student will mean that the grade or requirement under appeal will result in academic disqualification. There is no further University appeal.

Academic Appeals Concerning Penalties Resulting from Violations of Academic ­Honesty:

Step 1 . Within fifteen (15) working days of receiving notification of the penalty by the instructor, the student may initiate a formal appeal process with the Chairperson. In order to initiate this process, the student will direct a written appeal to the Chairperson. The Chairperson will investigate the matter, meeting—at his/her discretion—with those involved. Within fifteen (15) working days of the receipt of the written appeal, the Chairperson will report in writing to the student his/her findings and decision. A copy of this report will be sent to the Academic Affairs Office and placed in the student’s file.

Step 2 . The student may, within fifteen (15) working days following receipt of the Chairperson’s decision, direct a written appeal, including supporting evidence, to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Vice President will investigate the matter, meeting—at his/her discretion—with those involved. Within fifteen (15) working days of receipt of the student’s appeal, the Vice President will report in writing to the student his/her findings and decision. A copy of this report will be placed in the student’s file. The decision of the Vice President is final even if a decision against the student will mean that the penalty will result in academic disqualification or dismissal. There is no further University appeal.

Academic Appeals Concerning the Interpretation or Application of a General Education or Major/Degree/Program Requirement:

Step 1 . The student will go first to the Chairperson. Normally, students will resolve their concerns informally at this point.

Step 2 . If the issue remains unresolved, the student may direct a written appeal, including supporting evidence, to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Vice President will investigate the matter, meeting—at his/her discretion—with those involved. Within fifteen (15) working days of receipt of the student’s appeal, the Vice President will report in writing to the student his/her findings and decision. The decision of the Vice President is final even if a decision against the student will mean that the requirement under appeal will result in academic disqualification or dismissal. There is no further University appeal.

Academic Appeals Concerning Academic Disqualification from the University:

Step 1. Undergraduate students should direct appeals of academic disqualification to the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. Appeals must be made in writing within fifteen (15) working days of receipt of the academic disqualification letter. The Assistant Vice President will investigate the matter. Within fifteen (15) working days of receipt of the student’s appeal, the Assistant Vice President will report in writing to the student his/her findings and decision.

Step 2. Undergraduate students may appeal the decision of the Assistant Vice President to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The student must direct a written appeal to the Vice President within fifteen (15) working days of the receipt of the Assistant Vice President’s decision. The Vice President will investigate the matter. Within fifteen (15) working days of receipt of the student’s appeal, the Vice President will report in writing to the student his/her findings and decision. The decision of the Vice President is final. There is no further University appeal.

For grievances of a non-academic nature please consult the Grievance Policy in the HNU Student Handbook.