Procedures for use in appealing semester grades of undergraduate students
The following procedures are available only for review of alleged capricious grading, and not for
review of the judgment of an instructor in assessing the quality of a student's work. Students may
appeal a grade only for one or more of the following reasons:
The Right of Fair and Equal Evaluation of Students
The assessment of the quality of a student's academic performance is one of the major
professional responsibilities of university faculty members and is solely and properly their responsibility.
It is essential for the standards of the academic program at Saint Louis University and the integrity of the
degrees conferred by this University that the professional judgments of faculty members not be
subject to pressures or other interference from any source.
It is necessary, however, that any semester grade be based on evidence of the student's
performance in a course, that the student have access to the evidence, that the instructor be willing
to explain the basis upon which the grade was determined, and that a grade be determined in
accordance with announced guidelines.
All appeals must be initiated by the student within six months of the grade assignment and
completed within one calendar year.
This subcommittee shall recommend to the Dean either that the grade should stand, or that it should
be changed; and shall notify both the student and the instructor if its recommendation. The Dean
shall then render a decision and notify all parties of his or her action *.
* a written record should be kept at all stages of the appeals process
Protection of the Instructor's Rights
The decision of a grade appeal subcommittee will neither be used as a cause for any disciplinary
action nor dismissal of a tenured faculty member or a non-tenured faculty member before the
expiration of a contract period. Nor shall a decision, by itself, be a basis for any other disciplinary
action. Any disciplinary actions shall be in accordance with regular University procedures. All
evidence considered by a grade appeal subcommittee shall be made available to any body which
may be considering disciplinary action concerning an instructor whose grading has been found by a
grade appeal subcommittee to be capricious. That body shall make an independent determination
based upon its own consideration of all evidence, irrespective of the findings of the grade appeal
June 20, 2016