Challenging a Grade
Almost every student will have a time in college when the grade they receive is incorrect. There could be a number of reasons for an incorrect grade:
- Some of your work wasn’t graded
- The grading key was wrong
- The formula used to calculate the grade was wrong or incorrectly applied
- Your grade was incorrectly recorded on the teacher’s computer
- You feel not enough points were awarded for partial credit.
- The grade calculation didn’t follow the syllabus
When you feel that you have been given an incorrect grade, there is a process you should follow to get the grade adjusted.
- Prepare your case why you think the grade was incorrect. Be very detailed in your case presentation. If you have a mentor, you may want your mentor to review this.
- Submit your case to your teacher as soon as possible. Do this electronically to start and then ask to meet with the teacher.
- Meet with the teacher and go over your case. Most teachers will have no problems correcting an obvious grading mistake. Where you may have more problems will be when judgment was involved. Be respectful throughout.
- If you get no response from the teacher in a reasonable amount of time (e.g. one week), send another note to the teacher.
- If you still get no response from your teacher, contact the department chair. Most campuses have an established grade appeal process. Make sure you follow this process.
If you are going to challenge a grade, you will need to keep copies of all of the work you did in a class. Make sure to keep copies of all of your graded work. Also don’t make any changes on any of the graded work.
You should also track your grades on the teacher’s grade system. When you think a wrong grade was recorded, try to get this resolved immediately. .