All University of Utah students have a right to appeal any academic action they feel is arbitrary and capricious. The procedure for an academic appeal can be found in Section IV: Student Academic Performance of the Student Code (see link below).
Academic Appeals and Misconduct Policy
If you feel you have the right to an appeal after reading the Student Code, please take the following steps:
- Discuss the academic action with the involved faculty member and attempt to resolve the disagreement.
- If you are unable to resolve the action with the faculty member, make an appeal to the chair of the department.
- If this fails, you then have the right to appeal to the College of Engineering Academic Appeals and Misconduct Committee.
- If necessary, further appeals can be made to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
NOTE: P and PM 8-10, Student Code, Part V, Student Academic Conduct, Section B.4. states that:
“If the faculty member imposes the sanction of a failing grade for the course, the faculty member shall, within ten (10) business days of imposing the sanction, notify in writing, the chair of the student’s home department and the senior vice president for academic affairs or senior vice president for health sciences, as appropriate, of the academic misconduct and the circumstances which the faculty member believes support the imposition of a failing grade. If the sanction imposed by the faculty member is less than a failing grade for the course, the faculty member should report the misconduct to the dean or the chair of the student’s home department or college. Each college shall develop a policy specifying the dean and/or the chair as the appropriate person to receive notice of sanctions less than a failing grade for the course.”
It is the policy of the College of Engineering as set by the Academic Appeals and Misconduct Committee on 12-2-03 that if the sanction imposed by the faculty member is less than a failing grade for the course, the faculty member will report the misconduct to the dean of the student’s home college in writing, forwarding a copy to the student’s home department chair.