College of Health Sciences

Glendale, AZ Campus

Appeal Process

College of Health Sciences

Following notification of a recommendation from the Student Academic Review Committee, a student may appeal the recommendation. He/she has three working days to submit a formal written appeal of the recommendation to the CHS Student Promotion and Graduation Committee. The appeal must be submitted in writing and delivered to the appropriate campus co-chair of the CHS Student Promotion and Graduation Committee and the Office of the Dean within this three-day period. A narrative explaining the basis for the appeal should accompany the request. An appeal must be based on one of the following documented premises:

  1. Bias of one or more members of the Student Academic Review Committee.
    Note: The student must present specific evidence that the committee members demonstrated bias against him/her in conducting the academic review process.
  2. Material, documentable information not available to the committee at the time of its initial decision.
  3. Procedural error.
    Note: The student must provide evidence that the committee did not correctly follow the procedures related to the conduct of the academic review process; for example, the student was not given notice of the meeting or committee recommendation in accordance with stated policies.

The CHS Student Promotion and Graduation campus subcommittees will review student appeals from their respective campus. A majority of faculty members on each subcommittee must be from outside the program/school from which the student is appealing. One member of the appeal subcommittee must be from the student's program/school and is a non-voting member. The subcommittee will review and assess the student's appeal. Any student requesting an appeal shall be notified in writing with a delivery confirmation (i.e., next-day express mail, e-mail or hand-delivery) by the co-chair of the subcommittee at least two working days in advance of the scheduled meeting in which the student's case will be heard. The student may request and shall be permitted to appear before the subcommittee (in person or via telephone) to present his/her case. In such instances, the student shall inform the co-chair of the subcommittee, in writing (i.e. e-mail or hand-delivery), of his/her desire to appear before the subcommittee or his/her intent to waive this right. If the student chooses to appear before the subcommittee, this prerogative extends to the involved student only and not to any other individuals. The subcommittee may request that a course director and/or faculty advisor attend the meeting to provide additional information about the student's case. After review of the appeal, the subcommittee co-chair submits the committee's recommendation to the Dean and notifies the chair of the Student Academic Review Committee. Upon receipt of the Student Promotion and Graduation Subcommittee's recommendation, the Dean will make a decision, typically within ten working days, and then notify the student, the chairs of the Student Academic Review Committee and the CHS Student Promotion and Graduation Subcommittee, and all appropriate support offices. The decision of the Dean is final.

Students must attend all didactic courses in which they are registered until the appeal process is complete. Students who fail a core or prerequisite course should consult with the Program/School Director regarding attendance in courses in the subsequent quarter. Students registered in a clinical course (rotation, practicum, etc.) may be placed on a mandatory academic leave of absence until the appeal process is finalized.