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Appealing a Final Grade

Students in First-Year Writing courses, like in all University of Connecticut courses, are eligible to challenge grades when they believe an error has occurred. According to the University Senate By-laws,

An instructor may neither accept additional work nor give additional examinations once the grade in the course has been submitted. Nevertheless, there can be situations in which course grades may and ought to be changed. These comprise computational errors, clerical errors, and the discovery of overlooked components in a student’s body of work.

If a student believes their final grade is in error because of one of the above reasons, they should follow the below procedure to appeal it:

Within six months of the grade posting, the student should contact the instructor of the course and request reconsideration. If the instructor agrees that a change is justified, they will initiate the grade change procedure.

If the instructor does not agree, the student can appeal to the Director of the First-Year Writing Program within 30 days of the instructor’s decision. To do this, the student should submit the original copies of all of their written work for the course with comments and grades along with a cover letter that explains their reasons for thinking the grades of specific essays and/or the final grade for the course was unfair. They can do this in hard copy (submit to the First-Year Writing office, Austin Building 162) or electronically (submit to firstyearwriting@uconn.edu).

A committee of three readers will read the essays and letter independently of each other and make a  decision regarding whether or not the grade falls within a reasonable range of judgment. The Director of First-Year Writing will then consult with the instructor for information not offered in the letter of appeal (attendance, participation, grading rubric details, and so on). If this process results in agreement between the Director and the instructor that a grade change is justified, the instructor will initiate the grade change.

If the instructor and the Director of First-Year Writing agree that a grade change is not justified, the Director shall notify the student in writing with a copy to the instructor. If the student is dissatisfied   with the appeal decision, the student has 10 days to request, through the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a review by a Faculty Grade Change Review Panel.

For more information about the University of Connecticut bylaws regarding “Challenges to a Grade,” please see this guide.