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Student Grievances Regarding Grades

Procedures for Student Grievances Regarding Grades

Education Code 76224 states:
(a)  When grades are given for any course of instruction taught in a community college district, the grade given to each student shall be the grade determined by the instructor of the course and the determination of the student's grade by the instructor, in the absence of mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetency, shall be final.


  1. Student shall meet with the instructor to discuss the grade.
  2. If the issue is not resolved and the student believes that the grade is based on mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetency (EC 76224), he/she may appeal in writing to the Dean. Such an appeal must be made within a one year period following the semester in which the grade was assigned. Forms for the written appeal may be found in any instructional Dean's office or the Student Services Office of the college.
  3. The student may be requested to set-up an appointment with the appropriate Dean to discuss the written grievance.
  4. The appropriate Dean will review the allegations with the instructor.
  5. The Dean will review the issue and will notify the student and instructor in writing of his/her decision.
  6. The decision of the Dean is final.
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