What is an academic grievance?
An academic grievance is a complaint by a student specifically related to a grade, alleging arbitrary and capricious grading, which is defined as one of the following:
- The assignment of a course grade to a student on some basis other than performance in the course
- The assignment of a course grade to a student by resorting to unreasonable standards different from those that were applied by the same instructor to other students in that course
- The assignment of a course grade by a substantial, unreasonable, and unannounced departure from the instructor’s previously articulated standards.
Your first option for resolving the academic grievance is through a discussion with your faculty member to resolve the grievance. If an informal resolution cannot be determined, a formal academic grievance may be filed. For formal processes, select your campus location.