Final+Grade+Grievance+Policy.pdf

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Chemistry
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CHEM 210
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Brian Coppola

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Departmental  Grade  Grievance  Policy                                                                                                                                                                                                        Department  of  Chemistry,  University  of  Michigan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  August  9,  2012   I. Preamble   Within  the  College  of  Literature,  Science,  and  the  Arts,  instructors  are  expected  to  set  fair  and  consistent   grading  procedures  for  their  respective  courses.    The  key  to  implementing  fair  grading  procedures  in   courses  across  the  College  is  that  individual  instructors  adhere  to  grading  rubrics  that  are  applied  evenly   and  consistently  to  all  students  within  a  respective  course.    If  the  grading  rubric  is  used  consistently  for   each  student,  then  the  final  grade  is  assumed  to  be  the  correct  grade.      Nevertheless,  students  can   inquire  about  a  grade  and  subsequently  initiate  a  grade  grievance  when  they  think  that  the  grade  was   unfairly  given.     II. Consultation  with  Instructor       The  first  step  in  inquiring  about  the  accuracy  of  a  final  grade  should  be  directed  to  the  lead  instructor  of   the  course.  This  initial  inquiry  should  take  place  within  the  first  fifteen  University  business  days  of  the   first  full  term  following  the  term  in  which  the  disputed  grade  was  issued.    If,  after  this  inquiry,  the   student  is  not  satisfied  with  the  instructor’s  response,  the  student  may  choose  to  initiate  a  formal  grade   grievance.    To  initiate  a  formal  grade  grievance,  the  student  should  contact  the  Associate  Chair  of   Undergraduate  Studies  (ACUS)  of  the  home  department  of  the  course  in  question  before  the  end  of  the   fifth  week  of  classes  in  the  first  full  term  following  the  term  in  which  the  disputed  grade  was  issued.     III. Formal  complaint  to  Associate  Chair  of  Undergraduate  Studies  (ACUS)       To  initiate  the  formal  grade  grievance  process,  the  student  must  convey  in  writing  the  basis  for  the   complaint,  with  specific  evidence  in  support  of  the  argument  that  the  grade  either  was  given  in  error  or   was  unfairly  determined.    This  formal  complaint  also  should  summarize  the  outcome  of  the  initial   inquiry  to  the  course  instructor,  indicating  what  aspects  are  in  dispute.    Upon  receipt  of  the  written   complaint,  the  ACUS  will  ask  the  instructor  to  provide  a  written  summary  restating  how  the  final  grade   was  determined  and  to  respond  to  the  specific  claims  made  by  the  student.           After  receiving  this
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