Grade Appeal Process

You have the right to appeal a grade that you feel was given incorrectly. The first step is to always work directly with your instructor prior to filing a formal appeal. You may also wish to contact your advisor for more information about the requirements for filing a grade appeal.

Grade Appeal Deadlines

Grade appeals must be submitted in writing by the 5th week of the following semester. The deadline to appeal grades for a course taken in Fall 2018 is Friday, February 14, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

Note: Grade appeals are not completed during the Summer, and thus, any Spring appeal will be reviewed in the Fall.

How to File a Grade Appeal

Our process for grade appeals closely follows the general policies and procedures specified in the UA Catalog (select the year the course was taken and navigate to Academic Policies for more information).

In all grade appeal cases, the SBS Associate Dean’s decision is final. The department head, the instructor, and the student shall be notified in writing of the dean's decision, and if appropriate, the registrar is notified to make the change of grade.

Step 1: Discuss your concerns with your instructor (prior to week 5)

Your first step should be to discuss your grade with your instructor. If you are not able to resolve the issue directly, you can consider whether you wish to file grade appeal.

Step 2: Download and fill out grade appeal form (prior to week 5)

Fill out the grade appeal form and gather needed documentation:

  • explanation of why the grade should be changed
  • course syllabus
  • copies of exams
  • assignments
  • written correspondence

Step 3: Submit grade appeal to Dean's Office (by week 5)

Submit your grade appeal to Isabel Contreras in the SBS Dean's Office Douglass Building, Room 200W.

The Dean's office will verify the date of delivery. No additional documents will be permitted after delivery date.

Step 4: Instructor responds (by week 7)

The Instructor responds in writing to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Success, explaining the grading procedures and how the grade in question was determined.

Step 5: Determine whether to continue with appeal (by week 8)

If the issue is not resolved, you'll have one week to notify the Dean’s Office if they you to continue with the grade appeal. If so, the Dean’s Office will forward your written appeal and the instructor’s recommendation to the Department Head.

Step 6: Department Head makes recommendation (by week 10)

The Department Head considers the student’s and instructor’s written statements and makes a recommendation. The department head cannot change the grade and the instructor does not need to follow the recommendation. 

Step 7: Appeal goes to SBS Associate Dean (by week 11)

If the issue is not resolved, the Dean’s Office forwards the written appeal to the SBS Associate Dean. 

Step 8: Associate Dean review (by week 15)

The Associate Dean reviews the appeal and takes appropriate action. If appropriate, the Associate Dean will convene a committee to review the case. The Associate Dean makes the final decision by the week of 15.


If you have any questions, please contact Isabel Contreras in Douglass 200W at or 520-621-8402.