Students are responsible for meeting the standards of academic performance
established for each course in which they are enrolled. The establishment
of the criteria for grades and the evaluation of student academic
performance are the responsibilities of the professor.
The school's grade appeal procedure is available only for the review of
allegedly capricious grading, and not for review of a professor's
evaluation of a student's academic performance.
Capricious grading, for
grade appeal purposes, consists only of any of the following:
- The assignment of a grade to a particular student on some basis other
than the performance in the course.
- The assignment of a grade to a particular student by resort to more
exacting or demanding standards than were applied to other students in the
- The assignment of a grade by a substantial departure from the
professor's previously announced standards.
Step 1: The student should first discuss the course grade fully with the
professor. This must be done within six weeks after the professor turns in
the grade or the beginning of the succeeding regular academic semester,
whichever is later.
Step 2: If the matter is not resolved
through consultation with the
professor, the student may appeal to the dean. This must be done within
10 days after notification of the decision of the professor. The appeal
to the dean shall be in writing, and shall state which of the three
of capricious grading is alleged to have been violated and shall
such facts as are relied upon to support the charge.
Step 3: The dean shall review the appeal and, if found to be without
merit, shall dismiss it. If it is determined that the appeal may have merit, the dean
shall appoint an ad hoc faculty committee to review the record and provide
advice on the matter. The grade in any course that is based on an
anonymously-graded examination shall be presumed not to be capricious.
Step 4: If the dean believes a change in the grade to be warranted, he or
she shall present a report to the faculty of the Law School in order that
the faculty may act on the matter.
Step 5: If the student is dissatisfied with the action of the dean or the
faculty, the student, within 10 calendar days of the decision of the dean,
may appeal to the chancellor in accordance with the University of
Missouri-Kansas City Procedure for the Appeal of Grades.