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Eastern Illinois University faculty members are responsible for assigning appropriate grades. The university will not review the judgment of a faculty member in assessing the quality of students' work. If, however, a student believes that a faculty member improperly assigned a semester grade due to one or more of the Grounds for Grade Appeal, as described below, the student may appeal the grade by following the procedures described in the Grade Appeal Policy. Students are responsible for reading the Grade Appeal Policy and for complying with all procedures and meeting the deadlines established in the policy. All grade appeals are handled individually.
The procedures described in the Grade Appeal Policy are available only for appeal of a semester or term grade based on one or more of the following reasons:
Before initiating a formal grade appeal, a student who believes that a semester or term grade was improperly assigned must confer promptly with the faculty member who assigned the grade. If the conference does not result in a mutually agreeable resolution, the student may request formal review of the grade as described in Step 2, Formal Grade Appeal Request, below.
If the faculty member who assigned the grade is not available -- because of sabbatical, resignation, reassignment or other reason -- the student should contact the chair of the department in which the course was offered. (Go to the list of departments and chairs.) If the chair determines the faculty member is not available for informal conference, the chair will authorize the student to proceed with the formal grade appeal.
A student may request a grade appeal only by completing all of the following steps:
The "Grade Appeal Request" and support materials must be received by the department chair no later than the following:
If no mutually agreeable decision is reached at the end of Step 2, the student may request Review by the University Grade Appeal Committee (UGAC).