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Academic Views

Grade Reappraisals; Powers of Associate Deans

The Faculty Association has been receiving inquiries from members as to whether Heads or Associate Deans can unilaterally change the grades of students. The University Calendar outlines a general appeal process and some Faculties have implemented their own appeal processes for reappraisal of grades. We are unaware of any policy or procedures that would give a Department Head or Associate Dean the authority to unilaterally adjust grades. Such action, in lieu of following appropriate procedures, infringes on the academic freedom of the instructor who assigned the grades.

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