Grade Appeal

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. 


Process:  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 at which time

they student signs and dates the log. 

Gulf Coast

Students on the Gulf Coast campus obtain the form in the Office of the Academic Dean at which time the student signs and dates the log. 


  • A student in a fully online program can request the form from the Office of the Provost, either:
  • in writing by sending a request to:  The University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Dr. #5002, Hattiesburg, MS 39406 or
  • 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 the log.