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Grade Appeals

Policy Information

Issuing Office

Registrar's Office

Affected Parties

Students

Policy Language

Only final posted grades may be appealed beyond the professor.

Appeals are accepted only when the grade assigned conflicts with:

  • The published grading rubrics for the course assignments
  • Written communication (e.g., email, announcements, etc.)
  • Calculation error on an assignment (resulting in a change to the final grade)

Appeals, other than those mentioned above, will not be reviewed. The student must provide written documentation that demonstrates the occurrence of one or more of the above grounds for appeal. Documentation may be in the form of email correspondence, graded assignments, proof of timely submission, etc. After submitting the appeal, if additional information is needed, the student will be notified via his/her Liberty Webmail.

Policy Rationale

To ensure that students understand the expectations set forth by the University regarding the grade appeal process.

Definition of Glossary Terms

None specified

Procedural Information

Procedures

RESIDENT STUDENTS:  A student wishing to appeal a final grade should first appeal to his/her instructor and seek to resolve the situation with the instructor. If the student wishes to appeal further he/she must follow the process outlined below:

  1. Within 30 calendar days of the end of the sub-term, the student may submit a written appeal to the Program Director/Chair, but should do so through the grade appeal form. The student must include the information required above. The instructor will also be notified of the appeal and will be able to provide pertinent documentation, prior to the Program Director/Chair rendering his/her decision. The Program Director/Chair will have 7 days to review the appeal from the time of submission. When the review is complete, the student will be notified of the decision via his/her Liberty Webmail and the appeal portal.
  2. If the student has additional support for his/her appeal, the student may re-appeal to the Associate Dean through the appeal portal after receiving the decision of the Program Director/Chair. This written appeal must be submitted within 5 business days of the Program Director/Chair’s decision. The Associate Dean will review the student's appeal, as well as any information provided by the instructor. The Associate Dean will have 7 days to review the appeal from the time of submission. When the review is complete, the student will be notified of the decision via his/her Liberty Webmail and the appeal portal.
  3. If the student has additional support for his/her appeal, the student may re-appeal to the Dean, through the appeal portal after receiving the decision of the Associate Dean. This written appeal must be submitted within 5 business days of the Associate Dean’s decision. The Dean will review the student's appeal, as well as any information provided by the instructor. The Dean will have 7 days to review the appeal, from the time of submission. When the review is complete, the student will be notified of the decision via his/her Liberty Webmail and the appeal portal. The Dean’s decision is final.


ONLINE STUDENTS:  A student wishing to appeal a final grade should first appeal to his/her instructor and seek to resolve the situation with the instructor. If the student wishes to appeal further he/she must follow the process outlined below:

  1. Within 30 calendar days of the end of the sub-term, the student may submit a written appeal to the Program Director/Online Chair, but should do so through the grade appeal form. The student must include the information required above. The instructor will also be notified of the appeal and will be able to provide pertinent documentation, prior to the Program Director/Online Chair rendering his/her decision. The Program Director/Online Chair will have 7 days to review the appeal from the time of submission. When the review is complete, the student will be notified of the decision via his/her Liberty Webmail and the appeal portal.
  2. If the student has additional support for his/her appeal, the student may re-appeal to the Online Associate Dean through the appeal portal after receiving the decision of the Program Director/Online Chair. This written appeal must be submitted within 5 business days of the Program Director/Online Chair’s decision. The Associate Dean will review the student's appeal, as well as any information provided by the instructor. The Associate Dean will have 7 days to review the appeal from the time of submission. When the review is complete, the student will be notified of the decision via his/her Liberty Webmail and the appeal portal.

If the student has additional support for his/her appeal, the student may re-appeal to the Dean, through the appeal portal after receiving the decision of the Online Associate Dean. This written appeal must be submitted within 5 business days of the Online Associate Dean’s decision. The Dean will review the student's appeal, as well as any information provided by the instructor. The Dean will have 7 days to review the appeal, from the time of submission. When the review is complete, the student will be notified of the decision via his/her Liberty Webmail and the appeal portal. The Dean’s decision is final.

Sanctions

None specified

Exceptions

None

Date of Last Review

6/9/2020