Academic Grievances and Academic Fresh Start
Academic Fresh Start
Senate Bill 1321 entitles residents of this state to seek admission to public institutions of higher education without consideration of courses undertaken ten or more years prior to enrollment. For admission requirements, students must list all previous colleges attended. Students who wish to apply for "Academic Fresh Start" must complete forms in the Admissions office. When students apply for "Academic Fresh Start", all credit 10 or more years old will not be used for admission.
Challenges of a final course grade must be completed within the first thirty (30) days of the next long semester and must follow the procedures to challenge a grade outlined below. Any grade that is not challenged within the specified time frame is not subject to appeal and will remain as recorded.
Excellence at Tyler Junior College results from the academic freedom enjoyed by the faculty. Only the faculty of record may make a grade change. A student is entitled to a review and explanation of the grading process and the grade received. A grade is the sole prerogative and responsibility of the faculty member and any review as the result of an appeal is intended to ensure accuracy, fairness and adherence to Tyler Junior College policy. The following steps will be followed in an effort to reconcile a grade dispute:
- The student will discuss any grade dispute occurring during the semester with the faculty member involved within ten (10) class days after the dispute arises.
- If the grade dispute is not resolved, the student will provide a written complaint within five (5) class days of the first meeting. The faculty member will respond in writing within five (5) class days upon receiving the student’s written complaint.
- If a semester grade is appealed, the student will provide written documentation concerning the grade to the faculty member within the first ten (10) days of the next long semester. Faculty member will respond in writing to the grade appeal within five (5) class days upon receiving the student’s written appeal.
- If the student feels that the written response from the faculty member is incorrect in either Step #2 or Step #3, the student may present an appeal in writing to the appropriate department chair for review. This step must be completed within five (5) class days upon receiving the written response from the faculty member. In the event the department chair is the instructor named, the student will proceed to the appropriate instructional dean.
- The department chair will review the written student appeal and written faculty response in a meeting. The department chair will respond in writing to the student and faculty member within five (5) class days following the meeting. Appropriate documentation will be enclosed with the response.
- If the student does not agree with the decision of the department chair, the student may appeal to the appropriate instructional dean. This step must be completed within five (5) class days after the written decision of the department chair is received. The instructional dean will schedule a meeting with all parties present to review all information. Within five (5) class days following the meeting, the instructional dean will respond in writing to the student, faculty member and department chair. Appropriate documentation will be enclosed with the response. The decision of the instructional dean is final in the matter of grade disputes.
NOTE: In the event that the instructional dean is the instructor of record, the dispute will proceed to the Instructional Dean’s Council, following the procedures above.