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Appealing a Final Grade

If you believe that a final grade does not accurately reflect your coursework in a course, you must first contact your course instructor for possible resolution.

Only your final grade in a course or project may be appealed; appeals for individual assignments during an active course are not permitted. A grade appeal should be limited to specific charges of unfair action towards you and may not involve a challenge of your instructor’s grading standard. You have the right to expect thoughtful and clearly defined approaches to course grading, but you must recognize that varied standards and individual approaches to grading are valid. A grade appeal considers whether a grade was determined in a fair and appropriate manner; it does not attempt to grade or re-grade your individual assignments or projects.

In your appeal, you will need to substantiate your claim that your final grade represents unfair treatment compared to the standard applied to other students. In the absence of compelling reasons, such as clerical error, prejudice, or capriciousness, the grade assigned by your instructor is to be considered final. In a grade appeal, only arbitrariness, prejudice, and/or error will be considered as legitimate grounds for an appeal.

If you still wish to appeal your final grade, you may appeal your instructor's decision by requesting that the Academic Appeals department open an official Grade Appeal. Your appeal must be submitted using the official campus appeal form and should include the written correspondence between you and your instructor regarding your initial request for a review of your grade. The Academic Appeals department will notify you of all decisions delivered regarding your grade appeal. The form is located in the Academic Plan & Forms menu in the University Forms section.

  • No grade appeals will be considered for individual assignments.
  • No grade appeals will be considered for courses whose final grade was posted more than 90 days ago.
  • No grade appeals will be considered that are not submitted in writing, either by email or letter.
  • No grade appeals will be considered for students whose degrees have been conferred.

Grade Appeal Process Walkthrough:

  • Review your final grade with your instructor.
  • Submit the Academic Appeal Request form in your campus.
  • The appropriate Director in your School will review the appeal and send a decision to the Academic Appeals department within 30 days.

If your appeal is denied:

  • Second Level of Appeal: You must resubmit your appeal to the Academic Appeals department using the campus form, including your rebuttal for the Dean.
  • Your School Dean will review the appeal and send a decision to the Academic Appeals department within 30 days.
  • Final Level of Appeal: You must resubmit your appeal to the Academic Appeals department using the campus form and ask that your appeal be reviewed by the Provost’s Office.
  • The Provost's Office will review the appeal and send a decision to the Academic Appeals department within 30 days.
  • The decision of the Provost is considered final.

Questions regarding grade appeals may be directed to academicappeals@apus.edu.

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