A student who wishes to appeal a policy or
decision by the Office of Academic Affairs concerning interpretations
of, or exceptions to, rules, procedures or decisions governing registration
in courses and the management of academic records must make that appeal
to the Committee on Academic Appeals. Examples of such appeals would
include an appeal to drop a course with no mark after the no mark
deadline or an appeal to withdraw from a course with a W after the W
To pursue such an appeal, the student should
submit a formal petition in writing to the Registrar. This appeal should state the specific
request being made and include some explanation of the situation
relating to the request. Extenuating circumstances beyond a student's control are of especial relevance and a petition should include discussion of such circumstances.The Registrar will forward the student’s
petition to the chair of the Committee on Academic Appeals, and the committee will review and
rule on the appeal within 3 weeks of filing, exclusive of breaks. The chair of the Committee will notify the student of the
decision. Committee decisions are final.
The correction of bureaucratic, clerical, and technology-based errors that clearly did not originate with a student do not require a formal appeal. In such instances, students or faculty should consult the Registrar or Office of Academic Affairs.
The Committee on Academic Apeals does not hear appeals involving alleged professional misconduct on the part of faculty. Such cases should be referred to the Provost.
The Committee on
Academic Appeals does not hear appeals concerning disputes about course grades. Course grade issues are covered in the previous section under