If the chair is unable to reach a resolution between the student and the instructor within thirty (30) working days of receiving the Grade Appeal, the chair will appoint a Grade Appeal Review Committee and forward the grade appeal, along with the instructor's response, to the Committee. The committee will consist of the following four members:
- One student currently enrolled at the institution
- One faculty member from within the department
- One faculty member from outside the department
- Committee chair (from within or outside the department)
The student on the Grade Appeal Review Committee shall have the same status as the student requesting a grade appeal. For example, an undergraduate student filing a grade appeal shall have an undergraduate student on the Grade Appeal Review Committee, while a graduate student shall have a graduate student on the Grade Appeal Review Committee.
The department chair should not serve on or chair the Grade Appeal Review Committee.
The Grade Appeal Review Committee chair will chair the Committee and act as a non-voting member.
While the instructor and the student may comment on the composition of the committee within two (2) days of its appointment, the final decision on the committee's composition rests with the department chair.
The Grade Appeal Review Committee does not have subpoena power. The principals (i.e., the student and the instructor) may not be represented by counsel. The hearing of the grade appeal by the committee is a closed meeting to be attended only by the Grade Appeal Committee, the student, and the instructor. The student or the instructor may waive his or her right to attend. The Grade Appeal Review Committee may request additional materials from the student or instructor within ten (10) working days of the appointment of the committee, and those materials shall be provided to the Committee within five (5) additional working days.
The Grade Appeal Review Committee will convene no later than twenty (20) working days after it is appointed and receives the grade appeal materials, and will make a recommendation of grade assignment within five (5) more working days. The decision of the Grade Appeal Review Committee is determined by vote and a majority decision rules. The decision does not have to be unanimous. This decision is not subject to appeal. The dean, department chair, instructor, and student will be notified of the decision, and in case the decision involves a change from the original grade, the Registrar's Office will be notified. A Change of Grade form will be filed by the department chair if the committee recommends a change of grade.