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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 their coursework. It is, however, the instructor's right and responsibility to set the grading standards for a course and to use their 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
College of Arts and Sciences
Carroll School of Management
Connell School of Nursing
Graduate School of Social Work
Lynch School of Education
Woods College of Advancing Studies