the appeal is based together with any and all supporting documents. Such appeal shall be addressed to the Faculty Grade Appeals Committee and personally delivered to the head of the department in which the course in question is offered. The Faculty Grade Appeals Committee shall consist of three faculty members and two alternate faculty members elected annually by the Faculty Council. In addition, at the time of an appeal two non-voting faculty members shall be selected by the head of the department (or dean of the school if appropriate) in which the appealed course is offered. The chair shall be the dean of the academic unit involved. Should the dean be the course professor involved in the appeal, the provost will serve as chair. The chair shall not vote on an appeal except in cases of a tie vote. A quorum for this committee will consist of four voting members including the chair.
(a) Procedure After Appeal
Upon receipt of a formal appeal, the head of the department involved shall notify the faculty member who awarded the grade and shall immediately appoint two members of the department faculty to serve on the Faculty Grade Appeals Committee. The head shall forward these names and the written appeal, together with all relevant material and information concerning the case, to the dean of the college or school, who will call a meeting of the Faculty Grade Appeals Committee as soon as possible.
(b) Responsibilities of the Faculty Grade Appeals Committee.
The responsibility of the Grade Appeals Committee is to hear undergraduate student appeals whenever students feel that their rights have been seriously jeopardized by way of unfair, arbitrary, or malicious exercise of faculty grading prerogatives and desires to appeal the grade. The committee reviews grades after a student who is appealing has followed the current published procedures. As soon as possible after the committee is formed, the dean shall inquire of the student and the faculty member involved whether either desires a hearing before the committee. If no hearing is requested, the committee shall determine the appeal and issue its ruling on the basis of the record. If either party requests a hearing, such a hearing shall be held within 10 working days of the request, at which time both the student and the faculty member shall be afforded the opportunity to present further evidence. Within five days after the hearing, the committee shall, on the basis of all the material before it, determine the appeal and issue its ruling, either upholding the grade or requesting the faculty member to change it accordingly. Either party shall have the right to appeal the committee's decision to the Chancellor of the University.
3. Appeal to the Chancellor
Within five days of the decision of the Faculty Grade Appeals Committee, the student or the faculty member may present, in writing, a request for review by the Chancellor of the University. In such event, the Chancellor shall immediately request the complete record of the case from the Faculty Grade Appeals Committee and shall make a decision on the basis of the record. The Chancellor's decision shall be final. If the Chancellor upholds a decision of the Faculty Grade Appeals Committee against the faculty member, the faculty member shall be requested to change the grade in accordance with the committee's ruling.
Course Repeat and Grade Replacement Policy
Students may repeat any UTC or transfer course, provided prerequisites are met, except courses for which students earned a grade of A or B.
Course Repeat and Grade Replacement Policy
- Provided prerequisites are met, students may replace a total of three grades of C or lower. The first three grades in one or more subjects may be replaced; the total number of replaced grades cannot exceed three. Developmental studies courses (institutional credit) will be included in the grade replacement limit, but grades of S, NC, and W will not count in the allotted number of replacement grades.
- All grades, except the three replaced grades, will be used in the grade point average computation.
- In any repeated course, excluding r courses, a student forfeits the first earned hours, if any. Previous grades and credit do not count; only the last grade counts.
- Courses in which grades of A or B were earned cannot be repeated except for r courses. If an A or B is repeated, the repetition will be changed from credit to audit. An exception is made for registered nurses who are required by the School of Nursing to repeat specified science courses (Biology 208, 210, Chemistry 121 and 122) that were originally completed 10 years or more prior to the students admission to the nursing major at UTC.
- For a transfer student, a course is interpreted as any course listed separately in an individual term on the transcript, regardless of the number of such courses needed to equate to a UTC course.
- When a student is repeating more than one course in a term and is nearing the permissible limit of three replacement grades, the following order will determine replacements: 4 hour Fs, 3 hour Fs, 2 hour Fs; 4 hour Ds, 3 hour Ds, 2 hour Ds; 1 hour Fs, 1 hour D; 4 hour Cs, 3 hour Cs, 2 hour Cs, 1 hour Cs. In the case of a tie, a grade in a course within the students major will be replaced first.
After a semester or summer term begins, students are expected to attend all classes until or unless the class(es) is (are) officially dropped online or in First Place, 101 Hooper Hall.
During the first two weeks of a semester, a student may officially withdraw without prejudice from any class, and no grade will be recorded. After the first two weeks of the semester and up to the final drop date, a student who officially withdraws will receive a grade of W. Comparable periods apply to each of the individual summer terms. Specific withdrawal deadlines for each semester or summer term are noted in the academic calendar.
Students may not withdraw from a course after the final drop date for the semester. The withdrawal date is published each semester in the academic calendar posted on the Records Office website.