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The passing grades used for credit courses in the School of Graduate Studies are: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-.
Procedures for Appealing Grades
- Before making a formal appeal the student will have discussed the problem with the instructor concerned, and, if no conclusion satisfactory to both parties has been reached, will have consulted further with the Director of Graduate Studies, who will attempt to resolve the problem without recourse to the Appeals Committee.
- A student wishing to make a formal appeal does so in writing to the Director, outlining briefly reasons for the appeal and supplying the relevant evidence (e.g., papers, examinations, course syllabus).
- The instructor concerned makes a written response to the student's appeal.
- If no satisfactory resolution has been reached, the appeal is sent to the Appeals Committee, which is made up of three faculty members and two student representatives. Taking into consideration the material in (b) and (c) above, the Committee recommends whether or not to proceed to step e.
- The Director asks an anonymous reader to report on the work in question and recommend a mark.
- The report of the reader shall be given to the Appeals Committee, which then recommends appropriate action.
Procedures for Other Appeals
- The student should consult with the Director, who will attempt to resolve the problem.
- If no satisfactory resolution is found, the student should make a formal, written appeal addressed to the Director, who may then give it to the Appeals Committee.
N.B. A student has the right to appeal any departmental decision to the School of Graduate Studies and, if the problem is still not solved, to appeal further to the SGS Graduate Academic Appeals Board (GAAB).
Procedure for Requesting a "Third Sitting" of the Comprehensive Examination
Failure of Paper I or Paper II or both on a "second sitting" of the General (Comprehensive) Examination is grounds for termination from the program.
A student who is otherwise in good standing and who has achieved strong grades in courses may make a request (to the Director of Graduate Studies) to make a case to be permitted a "third sitting" of the General Examination.
This case is not heard by the Appeals Committee because no grade or departmental decision is in dispute.
This case will be heard by a committee consisting of the Chair of the Department of English, the Director of Graduate Studies, and one other faculty member.
If successful, the student will be permitted one further sitting of the exam(s). No further sittings will be permitted.
If the committee decides against the student and does not permit a third sitting, that decision may be appealed to the Graduate Academic Appeals Board of the School of Graduate Studies.