The Grade Review Policy informs students of their right to appeal grades (Undergraduate Bulletin and Graduate Bulletin). Graduate and undergraduate students wishing to appeal a final grade in a course must follow the Grade Appeal Steps and Procedures. The process is established and guided by the University Grade Review Council. The University Grade Review Council Bylaws are posted on the Office of the Provost website and the Institutional Policies website. The Council’s purpose is to determine whether a petitioning student's grade was awarded arbitrarily or capriciously by the instructor. If the Council determines that the grade was awarded arbitrarily or capriciously, then the Council will assign the petitioning student an appropriate grade for the course in question.
After discussing the grade with the instructor, the Grade Appeal process begins with the student obtaining the grade appeal form. Students on the Hattiesburg campus obtain the form at the Office of the Provost and students on the Gulf Coast campus obtain the form in the Office of the Academic Dean. Students sign and date a log at that time. A student in a fully online program can request the form in writing to the Office of the Provost, The University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Dr. #5002, Hattiesburg, MS 39406 or via email at http://www.usm.edu/email/2385/field_contact_email. The form will be sent to the student via certified mail. The request and certified mailing receipt will constitute the equivalent of the student signing and dating a log.