Students of any College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) courses who received a final grade they dispute on the grounds of either (1) a computational error or (2) non-uniform grading practices may submit a grade dispute using the College of Arts and Sciences Grade Dispute Form.
THIS FORM IS NOT THE FIRST STEP IN THE GRADE DISPUTE PROCESS. PLEASE CAREFULLY READ THROUGH THE REQUIREMENTS AND STEPS LISTED BELOW. If you need assistance navigating this process, please consult your assigned academic advisor (as listed in Starfish) or call or email the CAS Student Services Center at 216-687-9321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Grade Dispute must be submitted no later than the last day of instruction for the semester immediately following the disputed course (for example, the end of the Spring semester for a Fall course dispute). Note: students who received sanctions due to academic misconduct are ineligible to participate in the Grade Dispute process for the course related to the misconduct.
Students must follow the steps outlined below.
- The student discusses the concern over their final grade with the course instructor directly. The student should present a clear rationale and all evidence of a miscalculation or non-uniform grading practice.
- If the student and instructor are unable to come to a resolution, both the instructor and the student must prepare written statements summarizing their positions. The written statements should be forwarded to the department chair/director offering the course, who may or may not request a meeting of all parties. The student should also forward all evidence of a miscalculation or non-uniform grading practice to the department chair.
- If a resolution is not reached through the mediation of the department chair/director, the student should submit this petition form. This completed form, along with additional written statements (instructor and department chair), and all evidence of a miscalculation or non-uniform grading practice, should also be forwarded to the CAS Student Services Center at email@example.com.
Should a resolution be reached with either the instructor or the department chair, a Change of Grade form should be submitted, and this petition will not need to be submitted.