Academic Appeal

  • According to the DSU Student Code (Policy 5-33), Academic Appeals are accepted for the following: academic actions (including grades) and exceptions to graduation, and general education requirements.
  • If you are submitting more than one appeal, you must complete a separate cover sheet for each.
  • Completed documents should be submitted to: Ruth Bruckert, 231A Snow Math and Science Center.

Academic Appeals

Personal Information


Grade or Other Academic Action

These types of appeals first go to the instructor (if a specific instructor is involved), then the department chair, and finally the dean. Any appeal of a dean’s decision involves a hearing where all involved parties appear (the student, instructor, chair, and/or dean).

Attach a letter that describes each of the following:

  • for grade appeals: course name and number, semester that the course was attempted/completed
  • for grade appeals: instructor name, telephone number and email
  • exact nature of the appeal
  • documents (syllabus, your work, etc.) that support your appeal (attach copies)

Graduation Requirement

Graduation requirements are outlined in the College Catalog and in Policy 5-20. Your appeal must be received before the graduation application deadline for the semester in which you wish to graduate.

Attach a letter that describes each of the following:

  • degree and department offering the degree program
  • name and email of advisor
  • date of graduation audit and name, phone number and email of person who conducted audit
  • graduation requirement that you are appealing and reasons for your appeal
  • documents that support your appeal, including letters from faculty members (attach copies)

    General Education Requirement

    General Education Requirement: General Education requirements are specified in the College Catalog.

    Attach a letter that describes each of the following:

  • General education requirement(s) that you are appealing and reasons for your appeal.
  • documents that support your appeal, including a syllabus from any course you propose as a GE
    substitution (attach copies)
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    Appeals Procedure

    Grade and Academic Action Hearings: Appealing any academic decision made by a dean involves a hearing that will be scheduled by the Academic Appeals Chair. At the hearing, the appealing student, faculty, department chair, and the dean are invited to present evidence regarding the academic decision. To overturn a dean’s decision, the committee must find the dean’s decision to be arbitrary and capricious.

    Graduation and General Education Requirement Procedures: The Academic Appeals Committee meets once each month, September through May. The Academic Appeals Committee will review submitted appeals at the next scheduled meeting after receipt, and deliberate.

    Notification: You be notified of the committee’s decision within 10 business days via the email address provided.