Graduate Student Code of Conduct and Grievance / Appeals Processes
Berkeley Grade Grievance Procedure
The Committee on Course of Instruction (COCI) determines the final resolution
of grade grievances, following recommendations made by the academic department.
COCI considers grades to be a matter of academic judgment and subject to grievance
only on the basis of the following grounds:
- Application of non-academic criteria, such as: considerations of race, politics, religion, sex, or other criteria not directly reflective of performance related to course requirements;
- Sexual harassment;
- Improper academic procedures that unfairly affect a student's grade.
Students must first attempt to settle the matter informally through discussions
with the instructor. Students may include the department chair, Ombudsperson or
another mutually accepted third party who can attempt to mediate the dispute informally.
If you are unable to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution with the instructor
informally, you may pursue a formal grievance process. This process is initiated
when the student presents his/her case in writing to the grievance committee chair,
who is the Associate Dean for Instruction. An ad hoc grievance
committee composed of faculty members and students will be convened to review the case.
– You must initiate the formal grievance process within
one calendar year of the last day of the semester in which the course in question
for a complete description of the procedures for grade appeals based on the alleged use
of non-academic criteria.