Processes for Student Concerns
Grades for Individual Test, Paper, Project, Lab Assignment, Clinical Grade, etc.
If a student receives a grade on a test, class paper, project, etc. which the student believes is incorrect or requires further clarification, the student should consult with the class instructor for a review of the graded item(s). Only the class instructor can review or make any changes/corrections to graded items. There are no further steps in this process. Students should attempt to resolve any grading questions prior to the posted date for withdrawing from courses in that semester.
Final Grade Appeal
When a student has a final course grade determination concern, the student should follow the final grade appeal process. The student must formally initiate the process by October 15 of the current year (for spring or summer grades) and March 15 of the subsequent year for fall grades. In the event the day falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended to the following Monday. If the deadline has lapsed, the grade becomes permanent on the student’s transcript. Steps for this process are:
- The student must discuss the grade concern with the course instructor in an attempt to initiate communication to resolve the issue.
- If the matter is not resolved in step 1, the student shall utilize the final grade appeal form and submit the information to the appropriate academic administrator. Any materials related to the computation of the grade must be presented to the academic administrator at step 2 of the grade appeal process. Materials, such as tests, quizzes, papers or assignments, related to the computation of the grade not presented at step 2 of the process may not be considered at step 3 of the grade appeal process. This written grade appeal must be filed with the appropriate academic administrator by October 15 of the current year (for spring or summer grades) and March 15 of the subsequent year for fall grades. In the event the day falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended to the following Monday. If the deadline has lapsed, the grade becomes permanent on the student’s transcript. If necessary, the academic administrator will discuss the grade concern with the student and instructor. The academic administrator will compile all information and forward the complete packet to the appropriate Vice President for step 3 of the process.
Upon receipt of the completed packet from the academic administrator, the Vice President will schedule a meeting with the Academic Appeals Committee, student, and instructor to review how the grade was determined. The Vice President will communicate the decision of the Academic Appeals Committee in writing to the student. The decision of this committee is final and will be reflected on the student transcript. Every attempt will be made to try to have the process concluded within a reasonable time frame.
Late in a semester, a student may miss for good cause an important assignment, final examination, laboratory experiment, etc. The class instructor may determine with the student that an incomplete grade (I) shall be posted until the student completes the missing assignment(s) or test(s). Only the instructor for the class can determine whether or not an incomplete grade may be issued to a student. The incomplete assignment(s), exam(s), or experiment(s) can only be considered and graded by the instructor who issues the incomplete grade, so a student needs to work closely with the instructor for course completion. If the instructor determines it is appropriate to issue an incomplete, the instructor shall fill out an Incomplete Grade Form to document what work needs to be completed by the deadline date and shall provide a copy to the student. To complete the course, the student must follow the prescribed information for successful course completion. Incomplete work must be completed by the midterm of the semester following the term in which the course was taken. A final grade of “F” is recorded if the incomplete grade is not completed by this date.
Late Withdrawal from Class
Provisions may be made under unusual circumstances for students who are unable to withdraw due to a documented illness, death in the family, change in work schedule, or complete medical withdrawal. Students need to bring supporting documentation and initiate the late withdrawal paperwork to the Vice President of Academic Services within one year from the posting of the grade on the transcript. The Vice President hall contact the instructor in regards to the request. If the instructor agrees with the late withdrawal request, it will be forwarded to the Late Withdrawal Committee for their review and recommendation. The student will be notified by the Office of the Vice President of Academic Services as to whether or not a late withdrawal was approved. All approved late withdrawals will have a grade change form signed by the course instructor.
If a student is concerned about the instructional quality, teaching methods, course discussion, etc which s/he is experiencing in a class, then s/he should discuss the concern directly with the instructor at an appropriate time beyond instructional hours. It is not appropriate for a student to interrupt class instruction by voicing concerns to the teacher at that time. If a student does not resolve the instructional concern after conversing with the instructor, then the student should discuss the concern with the appropriate academic administrator over the area. The academic administrator will discuss the issue with the instructor.
All official transcripts are issued from the Registrar’s Office of South Suburban College. The official transcript will display the school tri-colored seal, and are signed by the Registrar are mailed out within three business days.
Transcripts will not be issued to any student with an outstanding financial obligation to South Suburban College. The Registrar’s Office will notify the student that debt is owed and will keep transcript request on file for six months. When full payment is made, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 708-225-5814 so your transcript request can be completed.
The cost is $5 per transcript.