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Academic Grievance Procedures

Each student is responsible for all the work in each of his or her classes. Failure to meet this obligation may lead to academic penalties, which may include dismissal from the class, or in the case of a student on probation, dismissal from UTB.   

A grievance means a dispute concerning some aspect of the student's academic standing arising from an administrative or faculty decision that the student regards as incorrect or unjust. Grievances include, but are not limited to, disputes over course grades, course requirements, graduation/degree program requirements, and thesis and dissertation committee and/or adviser actions or decisions. Grievances, as defined in this section, do not include the right to appeal the termination of employment of a teaching assistant or research assistant during the term of the student’s appointment.

Complaint Procedures
A student having a grievance regarding academic concerns may have the issue considered in the following manner:

  • Initial Consideration of Grievance: Informal Procedure
    In attempting to resolve any student grievance, the student must first make every effort to resolve the matter informally with the individual with whom the grievance originated as soon as possible but no later than 30 calendar days from the end of the current academic term.
  • Appeal to the Department Chair:  Formal Procedure
    If the matter cannot be resolved in discussions between the student and the administrator or faculty member, the student must submit a formal complaint online at http://www.utb.edu/sa/studentlife/dos/grievances/ no later than 10 business days after the informal attempt. The formal complaint must include reasons for the appeal and state the remedies the student is seeking. The Department Chair will provide a written response to the student submitting the formal complaint, the dean of the respective school or college, and the Dean of Students within 10 business days of receipt of the complaint.
  • Appeal to the School/College Dean
    If the matter is not resolved by the written response provided by the Department Chair, the student must submit a formal complaint on-line to the dean of the respective college or school within 10 business days of the date of the written response from the Department Chair. The formal appeal to the Dean of the respective college or school must state the reasons the student is appealing the written response. The Dean of the respective college or school will review the appeal and prior responses, and obtain additional information and opinions, if desired. The Dean of the respective college or school will provide a written response to the student and the Dean of Students within 10 business days of receipt of the student’s appeal to the Dean of the respective college or school. The decision of the dean of the respective college or school will be final.
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