Academic honesty is a fundamental requirement in higher education. Ethical behavior is expected of all members of the University community. Faculty members and students are responsible for knowing this definition upon which all claims of academic misconduct and defenses thereto shall be based. Graduate students also are responsible for additional expectations pertinent to graduate study, research and writing for publication, as officially defined by the University.
A student may submit a grade appeal only in instances in which a palpable injustice can be claimed. A palpable injustice occurs when a faculty member has been demonstrably inconsistent and unfair to the student. Grade appeals can be submitted only in the fall or spring semester after the grade is received (Appeal Semester). This includes courses taken during summer, winter, or spring break sessions. See Grade Appeal Procedures for additional details and important deadlines.
The Grade Appeal Procedure consists of three levels:
- Level 1 - Discussion with Instructor
- Level 2 - Mediation with Chairperson
- Level 3 - University Academic Standing Committee (UASC)
Grade Appeal Procedures and Deadlines
LEVEL 1 - DISCUSSION WITH INSTRUCTOR
If a student decides to appeal grade based upon palpable injustice, the student completes and submits the Grade Appeal Form to the Instructor before the end of Week 1 of the Appeal Semester. The student and Instructor will attempt to reach a resolution regarding grade appeal.
Level 1 Resolution Deadline: End of Week 2 of the Appeal Semester
LEVEL 2 - MEDIATION WITH CHAIRPERSON
(Note: If Instructor is also Department Chairperson, student may skip to Level 3)
If a resolution regarding the grade appeal is not reached between the student and the instructor after Week 2, the student may submit the Grade Appeal Form to the Department Chairperson before the end of Week 3 of the Appeal Semester. The Chairperson will act as mediator during the continued grade appeal discussion between the student and Instructor.
Level 2 Resolution Deadline: End of Week 5 of the Appeal Semester
LEVEL 3 - UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC STANDING COMMITTEE (UASC)
If a resolution regarding the grade appeal is not reached after the Week 5 and following mediation with the Chairperson, the student may submit the Grade Appeal Form to UASC by the end of Week 6 of the Appeal Semester. UASC will review the grade appeal and render a final decision.
Level 3 Final Decision Deadline: End of Week 9 of the Appeal Semester
Students may provide written consent to authorize, or revoke at any time, the disclosure of information to a parent or other third party, by completing the following steps:
- Log into Banner Web
- Student Services
- Grant Access to My Records
- Select Financial, Academic, or Both
- Set up a 4-digit access pin for the authorized user
A petition for an irregular schedule is defined as either a schedule in which a student is requesting to enroll in greater than 15 or 18 credits (graduate or undergraduate respectively) or when an undergraduate student is requesting to register in a graduate course. Students requesting a petition for an irregular schedule must have a GPA greater than or equal to 3.00.
Independent Study is appropriate when one or more of the following factors prevail:
- The student has taken all of the regularly scheduled course work available in the field of interest in which pure specialization is desired; or
- A topic for study is interdisciplinary and courses bringing together the desired elements in a specific configuration are unavailable; or
- The University does not offer course work related directly to a proposed topic (which nevertheless falls within the purview of academic university study) but experts in the field at Southern Connecticut State University (or others) are available to advise and to supervise students under the aegis of faculty sponsors.
NOTE: Independent Study Proposals are due to the Dean’s Office no later than the first day of classes in which the study is proposed.
Students may withdraw from a full-term course prior to the end of the 12th week of classes; for an eight-week course prior to the end of the 6th week of classes; or for shorter terms per the Registrar’s Calendar. This may be done through the student's web account. After the scheduled time to withdraw from a course, students may request a late withdrawal from their instructor. In a case where the instructor has determined that due to extenuating circumstance(s) a late withdrawal is justified, the instructor must submit this Late Course Withdrawal form to the Registrar’s Office, approved and signed by both the instructor and the department chairperson. No late course withdrawals will be accepted after the end of classes.