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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can faculty learn how to resolve a case of suspected academic dishonesty?

Resources for faculty and staff, including information related to the resolution of academic misconduct, are available on the Office of Academic Integrity website.

Where can faculty or staff find information about procedures for probation, suspension, and dismissal of undergraduate students based on GPA?

All information related to probation, suspension, and dismissal of undergraduate students based on GPA is available via the Undergraduate Catalog.

What should an instructor expect during a grade appeal?

Before appealing a final grade, students are encouraged (but not required) to contact the individual who reported the final grade to express their concerns and attempt to resolve the issue. However, if the student chooses not to do so or is not satisfied with the outcome, they may initiate a formal appeal.

Grade appeals occur at two levels. Once a student submits a written appeal at any level, the individual or committee that imposed the penalty may be contacted to provide all relevant documentation and/or participate in official proceedings. More information, including timelines, is available via the detailed appeal procedures page.

What should an involved faculty or staff member expect during an appeal of an academic penalty (other than a final grade, and not based on academic dishonesty)?

Before appealing an academic penalty, students are encouraged (but not required) to contact the individual or committee that imposed the penalty to express their concerns and attempt to resolve the issue. However, if the student chooses not to do so or is not satisfied with the outcome, they may initiate a formal appeal.

Appeals related to academic penalties occur at two levels, with a third level of appeal available for program dismissal. Once a student submits a written appeal at any level, the individual or committee that imposed the penalty may be contacted to provide all relevant documentation and/or participate in official proceedings. More information, including timelines, is available via the detailed appeal procedures page.

Can appeal reviewers modify sanctions or penalties imposed by an instructor or committee?

Yes. Appeal reviewers can decrease the severity of a sanction/penalty or dismiss it entirely. However, they cannot increase the severity of a sanction or penalty.