Questions and concerns about grades often result from misunderstandings about grading practices and expected standards. Direct communication between instructors and the students usually clear up these misunderstandings. In some cases, however, a grade appeal is warranted.
Students have the right to appeal a grade and request a reconsideration of the assigned grade within one month subsequent to the issuance of the grade; however, they must provide sufficient, tangible evidence to support their request for a re-examination of the assigned grade.
Reasons for reconsideration of a grade appeal may include:
Miscalculation of marks;
Misgrading of a paper, project or exam;
Application of an evaluation or grading system which was not included in the course syllabus;
A departure from the instructor’s previously announced standards;
Assignment of a grade on some basis other than the student’s performance in the course;
Demonstrable evidence of discrimination or prejudice in the assignment of the grade;
Arbitrary assignment of grade (lack of consistent and equitable standards for grading).
Grade Appeals will be dismissed if:
Allegations by the student do not indicate erratic grading;
The basis of the disagreement is with the instructor’s particular grading standards; or
The appeal is not submitted within the given one month period subsequent to the issuance of the grade.
Online Grade Appeal Application
In an effort to continuously improve communication within the AUD Community, IT Services and the Registrar’s Office have developed an online “Grade Appeal Application” to replace the previous paper-based one. The application is accessible through the AUD website under the Registrar’s Webpage.
Grade Appeal Procedure
- The student should make an appointment with the appropriate instructor when there is any question about a particular grade or the instructor’s grading policy. Students in the Study Abroad Program (SAP), if they have returned to their home countries, may contact the instructor via telephone or email;
- Subsequently, if students wish to file for a grade appeal, they log into the Grade Appeal Application available under the Registrar’s Webpage: https://registrar.aud.edu/
- Once a grade appeal is submitted, the course instructor receives a notification email prompting him or her to log into the application and confirm meeting with the student and entering his or her remarks;
- The Chair of the department offering the course in which the grade appeal is made will then follow up on the case and enter his or her decision to the system.
- Students and concerned faculty will receive an update on the status of the appeal via email. If the grade appeal is approved by the Department Chair, the instructor will proceed with the grade change, with an explanation of the reasons and the new grade. In the event that the appeal is not approved by the relevant Chair, students may choose to appeal to the Dean, who will then follow up on the case and enter his or her decision to the system.
- The student, concerned faculty, and Chair will receive an update on the status of the appeal via email. If the grade appeal is approved, the instructor will proceed with the grade change, with an explanation of the reasons and the new grade. In the event that the appeal is not approved by the relevant Dean, the student may raise the appeal to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer for review.
- The Provost will discuss the questions raised with the instructor, give the student a perspective regarding the grade and review the mechanism for appeal.
- The student, concerned faculty, Chair, and Dean will receive an update on the status of the appeal via email. If the grade appeal is approved, the instructor will proceed with the grade change online.