The School of Architecture adheres to the procedures for academic-related grievances found in the university’s General Information Catalog.
This is the process for grade disputes. For any academic grievance other than a grade dispute, please see the academic grievance process.
First Step | Course Instructor
The student must first contact the course instructor to provide official notice of the grade dispute and discuss the grade dispute. The instructor may ask the student for additional materials, as necessary, in an effort to resolve the dispute. If the grade dispute remains unresolved, the student may initiate the second step of the grade dispute process.
Second Step | Program Director + Assistant and Associate Deans
The student may bring the grade dispute in writing to the Program Director of the department offering the course. The Program Director will include the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the dispute review. They have the discretion to hear the grade dispute in person or to consider only written materials. They may require additional information as necessary. If the grade dispute remains unresolved, the student has the option to appeal that decision to the Dean of the School of Architecture.
Third Step | Dean
Students wishing to appeal to the Dean are required to submit the Grade Dispute Form and provide supporting documentation as listed on the form. The Dean will review the documents and may contact the student or instructor to obtain additional information. Once the review is complete, the Dean will notify the student of the decision using a Secure Academic Note (SAN). The Dean will render the final decision. A grade will not be changed by the Program Director, Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, and/or Dean without first consulting with and fully considering the position of the course instructor. The instructor shall be fully advised as to the resolution of the grade dispute.
For more information about grade disputes, students may contact the Office of the Student Ombuds.