When a student wishes to appeal a decision made by IU Fort Wayne faculty, administrators, or staff regarding academic probation or dismissal, the student should first attempt to resolve the issue by discussing his or her concerns with the member of the university involved in the dispute. If the matter is not resolved to the complainant's satisfaction by contacting the person(s) involved, the University formal appeals process should be invoked.
This appeals process does not generally apply in cases of grade change appeals based on quality of work for which the final decision rests with the faculty member and/or course coordinator. It can only be used for grade appeals when there is a procedural or policy issue involved.
All appeals are subject to relevant campus policies and procedures as well as the University appeals process outlined below. Thus, the appeals process for academic misconduct outlined in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct will be followed in all University academic appeals. The items below clarify implementation of the stated university process.
- The student meets with the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs to discuss options for resolution of the problem.
- If the problem is not resolved following the meeting with the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, the student may submit a letter of appeal to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs within seven calendar days of the meeting (excluding university recognized holidays and breaks) requesting that the matter be reviewed by the IU Fort Wayne Academic Appeals Committee.
- The Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs shall forward the students appeal letter and supporting documentation to the Appeals committee. The committee shall be comprised of three members of the IU Fort Wayne faculty. The IU Fort Wayne AVCAAO will appoint a faculty member to serve as the presiding officer and convene the Appeals Committee. Procedures for convening and holding the Appeals Board hearing will follow the process for academic misconduct as stated in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
- The IU Fort Wayne Appeals Committee is the final decision-making body for all University academic appeals unless a documentable procedural error occurred during the appeal process in which case a final appeal may be made to the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. In such a case, the procedures outlined in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct will be followed.