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Procedures for Appealing a Course Grade

All students have the right to be graded fairly and equitably in a course, to understand how a course grade is calculated, and to understand why an instructor has evaluated course work as she or he has. It is, however, the instructor's right and responsibility to set the grading standards for a course and to use his or her own best judgment in evaluating and grading individual students' work.

Grading by its nature involves judgment. The grade received may not always be directly related to the amount of effort a student has expended. An instructor and a student may legitimately disagree on the quality of a piece of work, in which case the instructor's judgment prevails. Thus, such disagreements may not be the sole basis of an appeal.

However, for students who feel that their final course grades have been determined inaccurately or unfairly, there are formal appeals policies/processes for each school.  Students are urged to contact their respective Deans for further information.

Dean's office of each school    
Boston College Law School
617-552-4340
College of Arts and Sciences
617-552-2393
Carroll School of Management
617-552-8420
Connell School of Nursing
617-552-1710
Graduate School of Social Work
617-552-4020
Lynch School of Education

617-552-4200
Woods College of Advancing Studies
617-552-3900