Livingstone College

Grade Appeal Process

Every student has the right to appeal a grade that he or she believes is inaccurate or unfair. The student must follow the following protocol to appeal the grade:

1. The student will file a formal written complaint with the instructor who taught the course, explaining why he or she believes the grade is inaccurate or unfair. The student will then make an appointment with the instructor to discuss the complaint. This complaint must be formally submitted within thirty (30) days after the grade is issued.

2. If the student meets the instructor and continues to believe that he or she has sufficient evidence to show that the assigned grade was inaccurate or unfair, the student will provide his or her advisor with a copy of the formal complaint, and then the student’s advisor, the student, and the instructor will meet to resolve the matter.

3. If the student meets with the instructor and the advisor and still continues to believe that he or she has sufficient evidence to show that the assigned grade was inaccurate or unfair, the student will provide the department chair under whom the instructor works with a copy of the formal complaint, and then the department chair, the student advisor, the student, and the instructor will meet to resolve the matter.

If the grievance is still not resolved, the same procedure moves up the chain of command to the division chair, to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and finally to the President. The grievance process concludes with the determination of the case by the President.