At CBC, we want you to be successful in all of your courses. Part of that success
comes from understanding CBC's academic policies and practices, which can be found
in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), the CBC Catalog, and the course syllabi. In addition, you are expected to meet the standards of academic
performance established by each faculty member, which are found in your course syllabi
Your final course grade reflects the faculty member's professional judgment of your
performance based on these standards. You are also protected from evaluations that
are arbitrary, prejudiced or capricious.
What do you do if you feel the final grade you received is incorrect? The first step
is to read and understand the complete Grade Appeal Process outlined in the CBC Catalog. This will provide all the information you need to initiate a grade appeal. Some
important points are listed here:
1. Gather Your Evidence
You must provide evidence of the error. Examples include assignments with grades,
email or other correspondence with the faculty, syllabus and rubrics.
2. Don't Wait!
Grade appeals must be initiated within the first 20 calendar days of the succeeding
quarter. If you want to appeal a final grade issued in Fall quarter, you have until
20 days into Winter quarter to do this.
3. Not for Individual Assignment Grades
You cannot appeal a final grade by contesting the grades on individual assignments
after the fact or by objecting to the published grading standards after the course
has ended. Questions about grades or grading criteria should be raised as assignments
are graded and returned to you.
4. Not for Other Complaints
You cannot use the Grade Appeal Process as a means of voicing non-specific or unsubstantiated
complaints about grades, grading policies or grading standards. If you have a complaint
that does not fall under the Grade Appeal Process, please view the Formal Student Complaint Process page for more information.
5. Initiate the Appeal
Gather your evidence.
Arrange a meeting with the faculty member to explain your basis for appeal and provide
your evidence. If the faculty member is unavailable or no longer employed with CBC,
arrange a meeting with the dean of the School.
6. Faculty Responsibilities
If you have evidence of an error, the faculty member will meet with you within the
first 30 days of the quarter succeeding the term in which the grade was assigned.
The faculty member will review the evidence and discuss the basis of your appeal;
if an error is verified, they will recalculate your grade as appropriate.
If the recalculation results in a different grade, the faculty member will submit
a grade change eform to correct the grade.
At their discretion, the faculty member may resolve a grade issue informally in discussion
7. Appealing the Faculty Decision
After this process is followed, you may request a meeting with the dean of the School.
The dean will gather and review all relevant information including meeting with the
faculty member. The decision made by the dean will be considered final.