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Office of Undergraduate Studies

Office of Undergraduate Studies

Office of Undergraduate Studies
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Office of Undergraduate Studies
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd. South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965-6565

Dr. Dawn Kirby, Dean 

Diane Bova
Budget Manager
(239) 745-4246

Shelby Smith
Administrative Assistant
(239) 745-4504

Located on the second floor of Edwards Hall, Suite 214

Appeal for Grade Change


 All student grade appeals or allegations of specific wrongful academic action(s) by an instructor shall first be brought to the attention of the instructor of the course. This action must be initiated within one semester of the alleged wrongful action or grade, or as soon thereafter as the student becomes aware of such action. The parties should attempt to resolve the problem in as speedy and satisfactory manner as possible. If dissatisfied with the instructor’s decision, or if the instructor is not available, the student may continue to pursue an informal solution with the Course Leader for the particular course. We recommend that you contact the respective Course Leader to schedule an appointment to discuss the Appeal for Grade Change Process.

 Course Leader contact information:

                IDS 3920 The University Colloquium: A Sustainable Future – Dr. Nicola Foote –

                SLS 1101, SLS 1501, SLS 1301, SLS 2302, LDR 2010 – Dr. Brandon Johnson–

                Honors courses with the IDH prefix – Dr. Clay Motley –

Please make sure to include the course CRN, the name of the faculty member that taught the course, and a brief description of the situation in your e-mail to the Course Leader.

 The Course Leader and instructor should make every effort with the student to solve the problem at the informal level. This resolution shall take place within ten (10) school days of the complaint being brought to the Course Leader. At the time the Course Leader notifies the student of this decision, he/she should also inform the student of the formal procedure for appeal. The Course Leader’s decision must be in writing.

 If not satisfied with the resolution of the complaint proposed by the Course Leader, the student may proceed within ten (10) school days of receipt of the Course Leader’s decision to file a written appeal with the Office of Undergraduate Studies. The written appeal to the Office of Undergraduate Studies may be submitted only after informal resolution has failed AND must clearly specify the action which the student perceives as wrong.

 The Student Grade Appeals Policy is published in the Student Guidebook provided online by the Office of Student Conduct. Students must read the policy before beginning the grade appeal process. Failure to follow the correct procedures may result in a delay of the resolution of a grade appeal. The process for Student Grade Appeals can be found at

Student grade appeals apply only to the following:

  1. Grades or other academic action taken by an instructor
  2. Grades resulting from an instructor’s:

a. Alleged deviation from established and announced grading policy

b. Alleged errors in application of grading procedures

c. Alleged lowering of grades for non-academic reasons

 NOTE:  The professional judgment exercised by an instructor in assigning a grade or in conducting a class are excluded from the provisions of this rule except as noted in (1), (2) a, b, and c above.

 For grade appeals in courses offered by Undergraduate Studies, the student must submit the following:

  1. Appeal for Grade Change Form. (Click here)
  2. Letter of Explanation stating the special circumstances for grade change. Letter must clearly specify the action which the student perceives as wrong.
  3. Letter (e-mail) from Course Leader indicating that the grade appeal at the informal resolution level was denied.
  4. Supporting documentation (e.g., e-mails, documentation from instructor, course syllabus, etc.) that substantiates the statements in the Letter of Explanation.