Arizona College of Optometry

Glendale, AZ Campus

Grade Appeals

Arizona College of Optometry

A student whose academic progress will be subject to review by the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee and who wishes to appeal a grade must do so in an expedited manner prior to the scheduled meeting of the committee.  In this case, an appeal of a didactic course grade must be submitted within one business day following posting of the grade and must be based on one of the following premises:

  1. Factual errors in course assessment tools
  2. Mathematical error in calculating the final grade
  3. Bias  

The course director must act on this appeal within one business day. If the appeal is denied, the student has the right to appeal the decision to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.  The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs should notify the student of his/her decision within one business day following receipt of the student's reappeal. The decision of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs is final.

An appeal of a failing clinical clerkship or rotation grade must be submitted within two business days after a grade for rotation is posted.  The course director must act on this appeal within two business days.  If the appeal is denied, the student has the right to appeal the decision to the Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs.  The Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs should notify the student of his/her decision within one business day following receipt of the student's reappeal. The decision of the Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs is final.

Any extension of the time for student appeal or course director's decision must be approved by the College Dean. All appeals and decisions must be communicated in written form.