The right of each student to appeal decisions of the graduate academic units is affirmed
and specific appeal procedures are hereby established to ensure timely and appropriate
consideration of each appeal to the Graduate Appeals Committee.
Specifically, the Graduate Appeals Committee reviews decisions on the following issues:
admission decisions, revocation of admission, comprehensive exams, thesis and dissertation
prospectus, dismissal from a program, and any other issues the Dean of the Graduate
School deems appropriate. This committee does not review grade appeals or disciplinary actions taken by the Dean of Students. The grade
appeals process is listed in this Bulletin.
The Appeals/Grievance Process has five steps:*
Step 1: Department or School Level.** The chair or director receives a written signed letter from the student within ten
(10) working days that states what action the student is appealing, reviews the pertinent
materials, meets with the student and faculty if appropriate, and resolution of the
appeal is sought at the department or school level.
Step 2: Dean of the College Level.** An appeal of the department or school decision must be made in writing within ten
(10) working days to the dean of the college that has jurisdiction over the department
or school. The dean will review the appeal and render a decision on the appeal in
Step 3: Dean of the Graduate School Level. Should the student desire to make further appeal, the written appeal should be sent
within five working days to the Dean of the Graduate School. The Dean will confer
with the student and refer the matter to the Graduate Appeals Committee which will
hold an official hearing on the appeal. The hearing will be held within ten (10) working
days of receipt of the written appeal letter as long as the university is in session
or within ten (10) working days of the university beginning a session. The student
may attend the hearing and a representative of the department or school may also attend
the hearing or respond to the appeal in writing. The Dean of the Graduate School will
send the student a letter indicating the Committee’s decision.
Step 4: Provost Level. Should the student desire to make further appeal, the written appeal should be
sent within ten (10) working days to the Provost. The Provost will review all appeal
materials and render a decision in the appeal normally within ten (10) working days
of receipt of the appeal.
Step 5: President Level. If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the Provost, he or she may
appeal to the President of the University in writing. The President will render a
final decision in the appeal normally within ten (10) days of receipt of the appeal.
* These steps are also listed in Student Survival Guide (page 34).
**If the appeal concerns the chair, director, or college dean, the student should appeal
to the next level.