A. Policy and Procedures for Appeals of Academic Decisions

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  1. Policy. Academic requests (e.g., waivers of academic policies and procedures) are initially made to the Academic Dean or his/her designee through a formal academic petition process. The Academic Dean (or his/her designee) rules on all petitions, and the learner is notified of the decision. When a learner feels that reconsideration of the decision is warranted due to the availability of additional information, or the need to further clarify information previously presented, he or she may appeal the decision within 30 days of receipt of the letter indicating the decision through the appeal process outlined below.
  2. Procedure. An appeal form should be completed and signed by the learner and sent to Academic Affairs at the Dean's office. (The appeal form is available in all regional offices as well as at the Dean's office.)
    1. The appeal form should include a brief statement as to why the decision should be reconsidered as well as additional supporting evidence or clarification of the original request.
    2. Upon receipt, the appeal will be forwarded to the Academic Appeal committee for review. The committee will consist of the Academic Dean and two other members of the Academic Affairs staff at the Dean's office. Every effort will be made to handle the appeal within 10 working days.
    3. The decision by the Academic Appeal Committee is final, and the learner will be notified immediately in writing.


1 Procedures for appealing grades and assessment credit awards (involving faculty judgment of content or level of performance) are described elsewhere.

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