Formal Grade Dispute Guidelines

  1. A formal grade complaint must be submitted to the School’s RAP committee within the first 10 working days after a grade has been officially posted.
  2. The RAP committee will consider only those grade disputes arising from documented incidents of discrimination or harassment, or non-compliance as detailed in step #5 of the informal grade dispute procedure.
  3. The RAP committee may request a meeting with the student, the responsible faculty member, and/or the student’s faculty advisor.
  4. The RAP committee will provide the Dean with a written statement summarizing the committee’s findings. The Dean may then pass this statement on to the student, the responsible faculty member, and the student’s faculty advisor. The Dean may provide the responsible faculty member with a recommendation that supports the original grade, or supports the submission of a grade either higher or lower than the original grade, or supports the implementation of some other remedy, (e.g., additional examinations or assignments). Authority to change a student’s grade will remain with the faculty member responsible for submitting the grade, except in cases of discrimination or harassment as detailed in step #5 of the informal grade dispute procedure.
  5. If the Dean is the faculty member responsible for submitting the disputed grade and/or is the student’s advisor, the student may appeal to the provost.
  6. All written statements become part of the student’s educational record and will be included in the student’s official School of Nursing file.
  7. As a general guideline, response time from receipt of a written request to a reply to that request should be no longer than ten (10) working days. However, time constraints necessitated by the university and/or School of Nursing calendar may prevent this from occurring.
  8. If the student chooses to pursue the matter further, he or she may submit a grievance to the University Dispute Resolution Committee (UDRC). It is expected that the procedure outlined here will be followed in its entirety before a grievance is made to the UDRC. All copies of written statements from the student’s official School of Nursing file regarding the grade dispute will be made available to the UDRC upon request.