Grade Appeal

Grade Appeal

Grade Appeal Instructions for Business Administration, Criminal Justice Administration, and Public Administration Undergraduate Students


Grounds for Appealing a Grade

A grade appeal is permitted when a student can show clear evidence that a grade was contrary to procedures as specified in the course syllabus, was based on prejudice, was capricious, or was the result of computational or clerical error.  The presumption is that the grades assigned are correct until there is a clear demonstration otherwise.  The burden of proof is heavy, and it rests with the student who is appealing.

Grade Appeal Process

1. You must seek to resolve the matter informally with the instructor of record or other appropriate individual.  For you to be able to proceed with a grade appeal, you must have met with the faculty member within the regular semester session of the time you knew or should have known of the problem or dispute, unless there is a prior agreement for extension between you and the Department Chair.

It is best to submit your grade appeal request to the instructor via email.  The email subject should be “Grade Appeal”.  In the body of the email, make sure to include the following:

  1. Your name as it is listed on the class roster

  2. The course number, including section

  3. A detailed description of why you believe you received a grade you did not deserve.

2. If an informal resolution with the instructor is not possible, students are advised to go to the Department Chair for further resolution. Please visit the College website to view the academic departments at

3. If the matter is not worked out informally within 15 classroom days to the satisfaction of the parties, you or your representative may send the grade appeal form to the Associate Dean and copy the Student Support Coordinator.

Click here to download the Grade Appeals Form.

      Dr. Tayyeb Shabbir
      Associate Dean
      College of Business Administration & Public Policy
      1000 E. Victoria Street, SBS A-306A
      Carson, CA 90747

Email to and cc to

Your typewritten statement must contain the following:

  1. A clear statement of the problem.

  2. The specific action requested of the University; and

  3. Arguments to support your request.

4. Upon review of the grade appeal, Associate Dean Shabbir will convene with the faculty member and Department Chair and collect their statements. If after 15 classroom days has passed and a resolution is not satisfactory to all parties, the appeal will be forwarded to Student Grade Appeals Board Chair.

Chair of the Grade Appeals Committee
Provost’s Office, WH 440 310.243.3307