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How to Appeal a Course Grade

The Student Course Grade Appeals Policy has detailed guidance on this process, make sure you review the policy.  The information provided on this website does not replace the official policy.

A. Determine whether you have grounds to appeal the grade

To figure out whether you have grounds to appeal the grade, review the Reasons to Appeal page.

B. Try to resolve it informally

Before filing a formal grade appeal, a student must try to resolve the matter first with the

  1. Course Faculty   (if no resolution, move on to #2)
  2. Department Chair   (if no resolution, move on to #3)
  3. Dean of the College   (if no resolution, move on to the Formal Grade Appeal)

Documentation of these meetings/email correspondences must be saved for the Formal Grade Appeal.

Deadlines

For grades received in:

The Informal Resolution Process deadline is:

Fall/winter

March 15 of the following semester

Spring/summer

October 15 of the following semester

For information about this process, read the Grade Appeal Instructions, as well as the Student Grade Appeal Policy.

C. Formal Grade Appeal Process

If resolution could not be reached informally, the student may begin the Formal Grade Appeal process by emailing the Academic Senate Coordinator at academicsenateoffice@csusm.edu for access to the online SGAC secured website. 

For information about this process, read the Grade Appeal Instructions, as well as the Student Course Grade Appeal Policy.

The complete formal grade appeal requires submission of:

Step 1:      the “Agreement to follow the Student Grade Appeal Policy” and the “Acknowledgement and Release” statement;

Step 2:      the “Informal Resolution Process Log and Supporting Documentation”;

Step 3:      the “Formal Grade Appeal Form”; and, 

Step 4:      “Supporting Documentation to the Formal Grade Appeal Form”.

Items (1) to (4) must be uploaded to the designated places in the SGAC secured website. Templates of the required forms are attached to the Student Course Grade Appeal Policy (Appendix A): for a detailed overview of the online submission process, please see Appendix A of the policy.

Deadline for submitting materials

For grades received in:

The Formal Grade Appeal deadline is:

Fall/winter

March 29 of the following semester

Spring/summer

October 29 of the following semester