HOW GRADE APPEALS WORK

Story by Karrie Comfort  Contributor

It ruined your GPA. 

That one B, and let's be real, you're still pretty bitter about it. And it wasn't just you, it was all the sad, sorry students on RateMyProfessor, not to mention all the other people who did even worse than you in the class.

It's time to appeal your grades. This little known benefit for students isn't well-known or often-used, but it is possible to argue yourself a better grade.

ASI Associate Justice Justin Adofinas said, “It's a resource many students do not know they have... and it's one that is very beneficial for those who believe they've been graded in a capricious or prejudicial way.”

The process is simple: File an appeal of a final grade and then participate in a hearing in the appropriate department. 

These committees then provide written accounts explaining their decisions, and if the student feels like the committee represented them unfairly, they can appeal to their college, and, as a last resort, the university.

Now, this isn't meant in any way to undermine professors’ authority, nor is it an easy way out for those of us who just didn't study until an hour before the midterm.

“But the burden of proof lies entirely with the student, so simply not agreeing with your grade isn't grounds for an appeal,” said Adofinas.

A grade appeal is a serious process that can really help check the power of a professor that perhaps has graded you in an unfair or prejudiced way, and ASI is hosting a workshop on how to file for one on Nov. 17. Check it out!

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