In the academic community, grades are a measure of student achievement toward fulfillment of course objectives. The responsibility for assessing student achievement and assigning grades rests with the instructor and, except for unusual circumstances, the course grade given is final.
The PNW Grade Appeals Policy affords recourse to a student who has evidence or believes that evidence exists to show that he or she has been assigned an inappropriate grade. Additionally, a student may challenge the reduction of a grade for reason of alleged academic dishonesty.
A student who wishes to appeal a grade must file a written notice of intention to appeal with the Chair of the University Committee for Grade Appeals. This written notice must be filed by the twenty-first calendar day from the start of classes of the semester session (exclusive of summer) following the session in which the grade was given.
The written intention to appeal must include the date, course, section, semester, name of the course instructor, and a statement as to why the grade given was inappropriate. The Chair shall forward a copy of this written notice to the instructor.
In appealing a grade, the burden of proof is on the student, except in the case of alleged academic dishonesty, where the instructor must support the allegation of academic dishonesty.