Grade Appeals, Faculty Misconduct, and Sexual Harassment
Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:52AM
By Staff Writers in Advice, faculty misconduct, grade appeal, graduate council, historical, sexual harassment

Student raising handCredit: openclipart.comOn the path to receiving a degree, graduate students may occasionally have an issue with a professor, or receive a grade that they don’t feel accurately reflects their course performance. UCSB's Graduate Division offers a variety of processes to help graduate students address such concerns.

Grade Appeal Process

The Graduate Division offers grade appeal options for students who feel there may have been administrative errors at work, issues with the professor, or other contributing factors.

Here are the required steps to contest a grade:

Grade appeal requirements: 

At this stage, the Graduate Council can act to approve a retroactive withdrawal from the course (so that it won’t remain on your transcript), or a change of the contested grade. This process could result in your grade being raised, removed, or remaining the same. If the grade remains the same, the grad student has the option of retaking the course. The previous grade will then be replaced on your transcript if you improve on your second round.

For more information, peruse the Graduate Division information sites on the process. You can find a wealth of other helpful information on the Graduate Division Academic Services pages.

Faculty Code of Conduct and Complaints

Beyond grades, some faculty may occasionally violate the Faculty Code of Conduct as outlined by the UC Office of the President. To deal with these types of issues, graduate students may consider filing a complaint. Information regarding the Faculty Code of Conduct and the complaint process can be found on the relevant UCSB website here.

Office of Equal Opportunity and Sexual Harassment

Graduate students also have the Office of Equal Opportunity and Sexual Harassment as a resource. More information can be found on their website.

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