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Student Academic Appeals

Students having a complaint concerning an academic matter (for example, a course grade, graduation requirements, transfer credit) may grieve the complaint as follows. (Academic probation status appeals use a separate appeals process.)

  1. The student must initiate contact with the Academic Standards Committee by submitting a Request to Appeal form either electronically via the Genesee Community College website or by U.S. mail addressed to the Office of the Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services, ATTN.:  Academic Standards Committee.  The form can be found here: http://faculty.genesee.edu/senate/appeal.htm or a copy may be obtained from the Office of the Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services. A copy of the appeal form will be forwarded to the Academic Standards Committee Appeals Chair, the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the course instructor.  There is a fifteen day statute of limitations to initiate contact with the Academic Standards Committee on all student academic appeal issues. This statute of limitations period begins on the first day of the next full semester (Fall or Spring) following the post date of the disputed grade.  Exceptions to this statute of limitations may be made on a case by case basis.  This decision will be made by the appeals chair .

  2. Before the appeal process begins the student must discuss the complaint with the faculty or staff member whose action prompted the complaint. If the complaint is not resolved at this point, the student must then discuss the complaint with the appropriate supervising dean. The appeals chair will verify that these discussions have taken place or facilitate them.

  3. When a complaint is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, (s)he may appeal to the Academic Standards Committee of the Academic Senate for a decision on the complaint. Copies of this appeal procedure are available in the Office of the Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services.

  4. Decisions of the Academic Standards Committee may be appealed by the student to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. The decision by the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs will be final.