Academic Appeal Procedure

The purpose of the procedures outlined below is to provide an easily implemented means for appealing and resolving disputes concerning an academic decision which a student considers arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to University policy.

Arbitrary, capricious: No discernible relationship between the act or decision complained of and the legitimate interests or considerations affecting or motivating such act or decision; i.e., disparate treatment of persons in essentially identical circumstances.

Violations of policy: Encompasses misinterpretations, misapplication or violations of authorized University policies.

Before initiating these procedures, or between any of the appeals steps outlined below, students may, and are encouraged to, seek advice from their academic advisors or, in the case of graduate students, the Dean of the Graduate School.

It is the responsibility of the student to initiate the appeals procedure at each level: faculty member, school director or director's designee, dean of the college, Undergraduate or Graduate Appeals Officer, and the Academic Appeals Board. If the student fails to pursue the matter in the manner provided in UNC's policy, after the conference with the appropriate individual identified above, the original academic decision will be final. The student should also bring to the various conferences and to the Academic Appeals Board hearing all evidence on which he or she intends to rely. Extension of the initiation deadline for each required conference can be allowed by the responsible academic officer receiving the appeal if requested by the student with good cause shown. The length of such extension shall be appropriate to accommodate the cause of the delay. The following procedures outline the steps of the academic appeals process. It is expected that all of the parties involved at each step of the appeals process will make a good faith effort to resolve the issues.

The detailed appeals process is available from the link provided below: