Academic Appeals

Academic Appeals

Academic Appeals

Overview and Procedure

The college recognizes that disputes about academic matters do arise. In order to resolve issues as efficiently as possible, the College requires the parties involved resolve the conflict informally whenever possible. Students should first address the issue with the relevant faculty member and, if necessary, the department chair or school dean. If these informal processes do not provide resolution, students may appeal to the Academic Standards Committee, a committee made up of faculty, staff, and students.

Academic appeals are petitions to change a decision rendered about an academic matter. Grounds for appeal of an academic decision include that an action by a faculty member was unfair, arbitrary, or capricious, or that the College's academic policies were applied incorrectly.

In order to file an academic appeal, log in to the academic appeals form and complete the necessary information.

Students will not be penalized or retaliated against in any way by the College community for participating in this appeal procedure.

Please read the following carefully, as our appeal workflow has recently changed depending on what type of appeal you are submitting.

The College recognizes that disputes about academic matters do arise. Academic Appeals are petitions to change a decision rendered about an academic matter, or requests to be exempt from an academic regulation. Grounds for appeal of an academic decision include a determination that an action by a faculty member was unfair, arbitrary, or capricious; or that the College's academic policies were applied incorrectly.

In order to resolve issues as efficiently as possible, the College requires the parties involved to resolve the conflict informally whenever possible. Students should first address the issue with the relevant faculty member. If a student feels unconfortable addressing the relevant faculty member, for whatever reason, students may choose to address the issue with another faculty member in the same department. If this does not resolve the issue, students should attempt to resolve the matter with the department chair and, if necessary, the school dean. If all of these fail to bring a conclusion to the matter, the student may appeal to the Academic Standards Committee, providing evidence that they followed the informal process and could not come to an agreement.

Grounds for Appeal

In order for an appeal to be heard by the Academic Standards Committee, there must be either (a) clear evidence of extenuating circumstance that prevented you from completing the college requirement you are appealing, or (b) clear evidence of arbitrary or capricious action on the part of a faculty member or academic staff member. Petitions will only be accepted if official documentation of extenuating circumstances (i.e., strong evidence) is attached to the petition at the time of submission.

What is an extenuating circumstance?

It is something that was beyond your control, such as a (severe) personal illness, the death or illness of an immediate family member, extreme personal emotional stress, and serious personal circumstances. You should document the extenuating circumstance you are listing on your petition by submitting a note (on official letterhead) from a doctor, counselor, or legal system representative.

Note: Not liking your final grade is not an extenuating circumstance. You must be able to provide documentation proving that the faculty member's grade was calculated incorrectly, you turned in work on time that was ungraded, you had a documented medical issue that was not taken into account, etc.

What is an "arbitrary and/or capricious action"?

Arbitrary and capricious actions are those that are (a) not supported by an official college document such as a course syllabus, program handbook, or catalog and (b) outside of normal and reasonable actions or expectations.

Students will not be penalized or retaliated against in any way by the College community for participating in this appeal procedure.

  • In order to file an academic appeal, log in to the Academic Appeals Form and complete the necessary information.
  • In order to file a financial appeal (i.e. TAP Waiver, Federal Waiver), log in to the Financial Aid Waiver Request Form and complete the necessary information.

If your appeal is related to Core Requirements (i.e., Associates degree applied to core requirement, Core exemptions, Core Credit, General Education Requirements), please contact Professor Terri Provost, Director of Core, by email at tprovost@utica.edu.

If you need help writing your appeal, please contact your Success Coach in the Center for Student Success. If you do not know who your success coach is, you can find that out by logging in to Banner Web. You can also contact the Center for Student Success at (315) 792-3179 or studentsuccess@utica.edu

Contact Us

Todd J. Pfannestiel, Ph.D.

Todd J. Pfannestiel, Ph.D.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Provost@utica.edu
(315) 792-3122

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