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Grade Appeals

The College of Liberal Arts has created the Grade Appeals Process Checklist which details the steps a student must take to submit a grade appeal. Please reach out to if you have any questions regarding the grade appeals process. A link to the University Official Grade Appeal Rules and a brief description of "When to Appeal a Grade" can be found below.

This is a summary of the Official Grade Appeal Rules, which can be found in Section E of the Purdue University Student Regulations Governing Student Conduct, Disciplinary Proceedings, and Appeals. Please see the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities Grade Appeal Process page for additional information.

When to Appeal a Grade

You may only appeal the final grade for a course. You may appeal if:

  • You are able to demonstrate that "an inappropriate grade was assigned as a result of prejudice, caprice, or other improper conditions such as mechanical error, or assignment of a grade inconsistent with those assigned other students."

  • You wish to challenge the reduction of a grade for alleged scholastic dishonesty.

Remember that the burden of proof is on the student, except in cases of academic dishonesty, where the burden of proof is on the instructor.

When you should NOT appeal:

  • If you feel the course was poorly designed or you received poor instruction — these may be legitimate concerns, but are more appropriately addressed by the department head.

  • If you feel that students were graded too severely, provided that all the students in the class were graded in the same fashion.