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Mark Coen, Associate Registrar
Office of the Registrar
Williston Hall 103
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Boston, MA 02115
Student Grievance Procedure
- Grade and Attendance Records
- All Students
A student who has reason to believe that an error has been made in an academic record (i.e. grade, review, attendance) in any class should promptly submit his or her grievance in writing to the instructor of the class and request a meeting with the instructor. The instructor should meet with the students at his or her earliest mutual convenience within weeks thereafter, and review the evidence together to determine whether any error or omission has occurred.
- Grievances Concerning Spring Final Grades - All Students
If the instructor or the student is not on campus during the summer months, the written grievance should be mailed to the instructor in care of Wentworth Institute of Technology within 2 weeks from the posting of grades on the LeopardWeb. A copy of this grievance should also be sent to the curricular department head in care of Wentworth Institute of Technology (if a day course) or to the Dean of Lifelong Learning (if an Arioch Center course). The instructor should meet with the student at their earliest mutual convenience within the first two weeks of the fall semester and review the records and evidence together to determine whether any error or omission has occurred.
If the student is not satisfied with the results of the above meeting, he/she should immediately submit the grievance, in writing, with supporting evidence, to the curricular department head (if a day course) or to the Dean of Lifelong Learning (if a Arioch Center course) and request a meeting with him/her. The curricular department head (the Dean of Lifelong Learning, if an Arioch Center course) should meet with the student at their earliest mutual convenience within 2 weeks thereafter, to discuss and resolve the problem. If the student remains dissatisfied with the decision made by the department head or the Dean of Lifelong Learning after meeting with him/her, the student may appeal, in writing, within two weeks of written notification from the department head or the Dean of Lifelong Learning, to the Academic Appeals Committee care of the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Before filing appeals students are required to schedule an appointment with the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning to discuss their circumstances.
- All Students
- Classroom Procedures and Other Academic Grievances
A student should contact his or her curricular department head in writing, within 5 class days from the date of the grievance. If the student is a student at The Arioch Center and/or the course is a Professional and Continuing Studies course, the student must contact, in writing, the the Dean of Lifelong Learning. The curricular department head/the Dean of Lifelong Learning should meet with the student within 2 weeks from the receipt of the grievance to settle the problem. If the issue is not resolved at this level, the student can appeal by following the procedure for the Grade and Attendance Records Appeals above (refer to 1c).
- Academic Appeals Committee Process
The Academic Appeals Committee members are the academic department heads and the Dean of Lifelong Learning or appropriate department representatives, with the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning as chair. The Committee reviews and makes decisions about written appeals from students related to grade and attendance records.
The Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning will schedule a meeting of the Academic Appeals Committee as soon as possible after receipt of the written appeal. The only individuals present at the meeting are committee members. The department head/Dean from the department where the appeal originated and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning do not vote. Students will have the right to present their appeals not only in writing but also in person to the Academic Appeals Committee. Student presentations will be followed by five minutes for questions from the Academic Appeals Committee. The purpose of the presentation is to provide further insight into the appeal, but as always written appeals should contain all relevant information as well. A minimum of five voting members, excluding the chair, will constitute a quorum on the decision of the board. The appellant will be notified by letter of the decision of the committee.
A student who wishes to file a grievance of a non-academic nature should contact the Dean of Students or the Director of Community Standards.