Appeal of term work grades

Important dates

  • Fall Term deadline for final grade appeals

  • Winter Term deadline for final grade appeals

Term work returned or made available to students before the last day of classes is subject to the policies and procedures established by the academic unit. As outlined in the final grade procedure document, your first recourse is to speak to your instructor if you disagree with a grade. Ideally you can resolve your disagreement without a formal appeal.

If you've spoken to the instructor and still wish to formally appeal your grade, you must do so within 10 days of receiving your grade.

The fee of $50, per appealed term work grade, will be refunded for any grade that is changed as a result of the appeal. Full instructions are found on the appeal form. You must fill out the Term work appeal form and initiate it through your departmental office.

Appeal a final grade

If you have a good reason to believe a mistake has been made in the assessment of your original grade, you can appeal your grade. Before you file your appeal through the Registrar's Office, you can view your final exam through your faculty/school/ department. Final grades are released in Aurora.

Deadlines to appeal a final grade

  • Fall Term: appeal 15 working days from when the university reopens in January.
  • Winter Term: appeal 15 working days after Victoria Day (includes fall/winter spanned courses).
  • Summer Term: appeal 30 working days following the end of the applicable exam period.

Students should note the deadline for appeal of assigned final grades will not be extended for students who are on hold status nor will official grades be released by the Registrar’s Office until the hold has been cleared.

Fee

You will be charged a fee for each appealed grade. The fee will be refunded for any grade that is changed. It should be noted an appealed grade may not be lowered.

First: Speak informally with your instructor. Discuss your concerns with your instructor during office hours or at another agreed upon time. They may provide you with valuable feedback or may be willing to review your paper or exam again.

Filing a final grade appeal

Step 1:

Complete a Final Grade Appeal form available at the Registrar's Office, 400 UMSU University Centre or online. Indicate the grounds for your appeal.

Final grade appeal form

Step 2:

If applicable, attach the reviewed copy of the exam, course outline, or any other documents relevant to your appeal.

Step 3:

Pay the $50 fee using the following options:
Debit or credit card payments can be done at the Registrar’s Office.
Cash payments must be done at the cashier’s office at 138 UMSU University Centre.

Submit the form, letter, and any other documents to the Registrar’s Office, 400 UMSU University Centre. The fee is refunded for a grade that is raised as a result of appeal. Be sure to keep your receipt.

After your appeal is submitted

Your appeal package will be forwarded to the department offering the course. There will be a second review of your final exam by the professor and a third party (either another professor or an appeal committee).

You will receive a letter in the mail from the Registrar's Office with the decision of your appeal, within 30 days of the grade appeal deadline.

A final grade cannot be lowered as a result of an appeal.