Changes to Academic Affairs Appeals Review Criteria

A minor change is being implemented to appeals that reach academic affairs. Currently, there are two types of academic appeals that are reviewed in the Office of Academic Affairs: 1) Appeals that pertain to a semester within the last year and that have already been reviewed and denied in the student’s academic college or school and 2) Appeals that pertain to a semester over one year ago and that have not been reviewed in the student’s academic college or school. The protocol in the Office of Academic Affairs has been that all academic appeals, regardless of the rationale or timeframe involved, are reviewed using the criteria of serious procedural error or abuse of discretionary authority. A student would have to demonstrate that one of both of the aforementioned criteria were met for their appeal to be approved in the Office of Academic Affairs.

For appeals related to an issue occurring in a semester over 1 year ago, Academic Affairs will now use the same criteria that are used for those issues that are reviewed at the college level first, and not solely use serious procedural error or abuse of discretionary authority as the evaluation criteria.