3-11: Appeal of Academic Decisions – Policy

Policy Overview

This policy is established to provide students of Santa Fe Community College (SFCC or College) a means to request review of decisions regarding their academic status.

Scope and Applicability

This policy applies to all students of SFCC.

Policy Statement

SFCC provides students the opportunity for the review of decisions which affect their academic status that they contend have been made unfairly, erroneously or incorrectly, arbitrarily, capriciously, or on the basis of bias or prejudice. Examples of decisions affecting academic status are the assignment of course grades, placement in courses based on academic performance, and judgments concerning academic dishonesty.

Policy Process

A. Refer to Procedures for a detailed description of the appeal process for Academic Appeals, Grade Appeals, Academic Renewal, and Appeal of Academic Suspension.
B. To preserve the right of appeal, each step in the appeal procedure must be followed within prescribed time limits unless such time limits are extended for good cause by the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs (VPASA).
C. Students may initiate a formal appeal only if the claim involves an allegation of one or more of the following:

1. a practice or policy at variance with accepted college practice or policy;
2. illegal discrimination;
3. an error in computation or calculation;
4. inconsistent application of grading standards within a course;
5. capricious or arbitrary application of standards concerning grading, curriculum, or academic placement; and/or
6. allegations of cheating not supported by evidence.

Statement of Accountability and Responsibility

The President, through the VPASA and the Office of Academic and Student Affairs (OASA), shall be responsible for enforcing academic and student affairs procedures and policies. OASA shall work with the different departments and offices to comply with this policy and develop procedures that will enforce this policy regarding awareness, prevention, and remediation.


(POLICY APPROVAL: 1-15-02 SFCC Governing Board)

Revised and Governing Board approved: 5-25-16

Associated Procedures