5.2.1 Student Academic Responsibilities and Appeals

A. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide students with fair notice of their academic responsibilities, and their rights to appeal final grades or misunderstandings.

B. Persons Affected

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Chair of colleges

Dean/ Assistant Deans


C. Definitions

Academic Responsibilities: Each student is responsible for all the work in each of his or her classes. Failure to meet this obligation may lead to academic penalties which may include dismissal from the class, or in the case of the student on probation, from The University of Texas at Tyler.

D. Policy and Procedures

A student who wishes to contest a grade given by an instructor must initiate the procedure by contacting the instructor who assigned the grade. The instructor and the student should informally review the criteria for assignment of grades and the student’s performance. The instructor may affirm the grade or revise the grade.

If the student is not satisfied after the informal discussion with the instructor, then the student may initiate a formal grade appeal by completing a Grade Appeal Form which may be obtained from the Office of Student Records. Formal grade appeals should be filed at the earliest date possible, but no later than sixty (60) days from the final date of assignment of the grade. The instructor and the student should complete the appropriate parts of the form clearly indicating the instructor’s rationale for the grade given and the student’s basis for the grade appeal.

At each administrative level of the appeal process, an attempt will be made to resolve the issue within 14 days. If the instructor holds one of the administrative positions used in the appeal process, then that level is omitted. If no resolution is reached at a particular level, then the appeal is forwarded with the recommendation of the administrator at that level with all documentation. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is the final authority.

E. Responsibilities

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for this policy.

F. Review

This policy should be reviewed every five years or sooner if necessary by the following stakeholders:

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Student Government Association President

Faculty Senate President


AMENDED: 04/22/2009