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    Florida State College
   
 
  Nov 20, 2017
 
 
    
2011-2012 Catalog [Aug. 2011-Aug. 2012] [Archived Catalog]

Student Rights and Responsibilities


Expectations of Student Conduct 
Procedures for General and Academic Appeals
Procedures for Handling Alleged Academic Dishonesty 
Due Process 
Student Records and Privacy 
Rights for Students in the Associate in Arts Degree Program 
Equal Access — Equal Opportunity 
Harassment and Cyber-harassment 
Sexual Harassment 
Other Policies 


Procedures for General and Academic Appeals

Selective Admissions Appeals
Other General/Non-Academic Appeals
Grade Appeals
Other Academic Appeals

Purpose

The purpose of this section is to outline all procedures relating to the student appeals process. Included in this procedure are sections on: (I) definitions and explanations, (II) general/non–academic appeals, and (III) academic appeals.

Procedure

I. Definitions and Explanations

The following is a list of the definitions and explanations of the terms used in student appeals.

Student Appeals — A student appeal is defined as a formal request by an enrolled or former student for reconsideration of a College rule or regulation, including the assignment of a final grade. The appeal must be submitted prior to the withdrawal deadline of the following term.

General/Non–Academic Appeal

  • Admissions
  • Graduation
  • Residency
  • Selective Admissions

Academic Appeal

  • Grade
  • Other (i.e., audit grading issues, withdrawal past the deadline, etc.)

II. General/Non-Academic Appeal

A. Selective Admissions Appeal

Step 1. Student’s Submission of the Request

The student initiates the appeals process in the campus student success office or the authorized center administrator’s office no later than the A16 Session withdrawal deadline of the following term. The student submits the completed appeal form and supporting documentation to the campus Dean of Student Success Office or the authorized center administrator. The campus or center representative for the Dean of Student Success then forwards the appeal to the appropriate campus Dean of Liberal Arts or Workforce Dean for program consideration.

Step 2. Campus Associate Dean or Program Manager Review

The appropriate representative reviews the information submitted by the student and indicates approval or disapproval. The representative provides written notification to the student of the decision. If approved, this action terminates the appeal process. If disapproved, the student, within ten (10) business days of receiving written notification, may request a hearing by the campus Student Appeals Committee if additional documentation is submitted.

Step 3. Student Appeals Committee Review

When the student is granted a hearing, the campus Student Appeals Committee shall hear the case and forward its decision to the Campus President. The hearing will be conducted by the committee in an informal and expeditious manner.

Step 4. Campus President Review

The Campus President shall review the decision of the campus Student Appeals Committee. The Campus President may accept, repeal, or amend the decision according to his/her best judgment. The actions of the Campus President shall occur within ten (10) working days of receipt of the decision of the campus Appeal Committee. The Campus President will send a written decision to the student. The decision of the Campus President is final and may not be appealed further.

B. Other General/Non–Academic Appeals

Step 1. Student’s Submission of the Request

Student must initiate the appeals process in the campus Student Success Office or the authorized center administrator’s office no later than the A16 Session withdrawal deadline of the following term. The student submits the completed appeal form and supporting documentation to the campus Dean of Student Success Office or authorized center administrator’s office. Documentation must be presented before the appeal request is accepted.

Step 2. Campus Dean of Student Success or Center Administrator Review

The campus Dean of Student Success or center administrator reviews the information submitted by the student, enters comments when appropriate, and indicates approval or disapproval. If approved, the campus Dean of Student Success/center administrator provides written notification of decision to the student and forwards relevant information to the Registrar for processing.

If disapproved, written notification is forwarded to the student. The student has 10 working days from the date of the notification to submit additional documentation and request the Student Appeals Committee to review the disapproval. If no request is made, the disapproved appeal is forwarded to the District Student Records Office and imaged to the student’s academic record.

Step 3. Student Appeals Committee Review

When the student is granted a hearing, the campus Student Appeals Committee shall hear the case and forward its decision to the Campus President. The hearing will be conducted by the committee in an informal and expeditious manner.

Step 4. Campus President’s Review

The Campus President shall review the decision of the committee. The Campus President may accept, repeal, or amend the decision according to his/her best judgment. The actions of the Campus President shall occur within ten (10) working days or receipt of the decision of the campus Student Appeals Committee. The Campus President sends a written decision to the student. The decision of the Campus President is final and may not be appealed further.

III. Academic Appeal

A. Grade Appeal

Informal Procedure

A student’s inquiry on a grade change is initially directed to the course instructor. If the instructor is not currently teaching or cannot be contacted, the inquiry should be directed to the appropriate Associate Dean/Program Manager.

If the student’s request is approved, a grade change form is completed with all required signatures and forwarded to the campus enrollment services office. The grade change is logged and sent to the Registrar for processing.

If an instructor disapproves the student’s request for a grade change, the student can initiate a grade appeal request through the appropriate campus Dean of Student Success or the authorized campus administrator.

Step 1. Formal Procedure

A course grade appeal must be initiated in writing and filed with the campus Dean of Student Success or the authorized campus/center administrator no later than the A16 Session withdrawal deadline of the following term after the grade was reported. The student has the responsibility of demonstrating that the grade being challenged was administered in a manner inconsistent with criteria set forth on the instructor’s course syllabus and that the evaluation process used uniquely discredits the student’s grade.

Step 2. Associate Dean or Dean or Program Manager

The Associate Dean or Dean or Program Manager has the initial responsibility for reviewing and forwarding the student appeal to the appropriate faculty member for response (approval/denial). If the instructor of record is not available, the appeal should go directly to the campus Student Appeals Committee for consideration. If approved, a grade change is submitted and sent to the District Student Records Office for processing. The campus Associate Dean/Program Manager notifies the student of such decision in writing. If appeal is disapproved, the student should be apprised of his or her right to request review by the campus Student Appeals Committee.

Step 3. Student Appeals Committee Review

When the student is granted a hearing, the campus Student Appeals Committee shall hear the case and forward its decision to the Campus President. The hearing will be conducted by the Committee in an informal and expeditious manner. The committee for grade changes must include an appropriate campus dean, a faculty member and a student.

Step 4. Campus President’s Review

The Campus President shall review the decision of the campus Student Appeals Committee. The Campus President may accept, repeal, or amend the decision according to his/her best judgment. The actions of the Campus President shall occur within ten (10) working days of receipt of the decision of the campus Student Appeals Committee. The Campus President sends a written decision to the student. The decision of the Campus President cannot be appealed and is final.

B. Other Academic Appeal (i.e. audit grade issue, withdrawal past the deadline, NA issue)

Step 1. Formal Procedure

An academic appeal must be initiated in writing and filed with the campus Dean of Student Success or the authorized campus administrator no later than the A16 Session withdrawal deadline of the following term. The student has the responsibility of providing appropriate documentation to support his or her request.

Step 2. Associate Dean or Dean or Program Manager

The campus Associate Dean or Dean or Program Manager has the initial responsibility for reviewing and forwarding the student appeal to the appropriate faculty member for response (approval/denial). If the instructor of record is not available, the appeal should go directly to the campus Student Appeals Committee for consideration. If approved, a grade change is submitted and sent to the District Student Records office for processing. The Campus Associate Dean/Program Manager notifies the student of such decision in writing. If appeal is disapproved, the student should be apprised of their right to request review by the campus Student Appeals Committee.

Step 3. Student Appeals Committee Review

When the student is granted a hearing, the campus Student Appeals Committee shall hear the case and forward its decision to the Campus President. The hearing will be conducted by the Committee in an informal and expeditious manner.

Step 4. Campus President’s Review

The Campus President shall review the decision of the campus Student Appeals Committee. The Campus President may accept, repeal, or amend the decision according to his/her best judgment. The actions of the Campus President shall occur within ten (10) working days of receipt of the decision of the campus Student Appeals Committee. The Campus President will send a written decision to the student. The decision of the Campus President cannot be appealed and is final.