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Grade Appeals

Grading student work is one of the central responsibilities of law faculty members, and as lawyers they take this responsibility very seriously. Grading is the exclusive responsibility of each faculty member. Therefore, absent a calculation error or other mistake by the professor which the professor determines justifies submission of a grade change, grades are final. There are no grounds for appeal of a grade by a student except upon evidence of misconduct on the part of the faculty member such as: i) as assignment of a grade on some basis other than the faculty member’s assessment of the student’s performance in the course; ii) assignment of a grade by arbitrary or capricious application of standards different than those applied to other students in the course; or iii) assignment of a grade under standards that are a substantial and unreasonable departure from the instructor’s initially articulated standards.