Appeals for Program Level Exams such as candidacy,
comprehensive, or qualifying examinations, are made to the dean of the School
of Graduate Studies and Research based on policy and/or procedural
violations. The appeal can be based only on policy and/or procedural
violations; and not simply on the outcome of the examination. Procedural
violations would be cases in which the program/department failed to follow
program/department and/or university policies and/or procedures relating to the
administration and/or evaluation of the exam.
The appeal must be made in writing to the dean of
the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Documentation of the
policy(ies)/procedures in question must be provided, along with a detailed
description of the alleged violation(s). All evidence supporting the alleged
violation should also be provided. The student must submit the written appeal
to the dean of the SGSR within 30 days of receipt of the outcome of the
Upon receipt of the written appeal to the dean of
the SGSR, the dean will conduct an investigation of the allegation, review the
documentation and render a final decision which completes the appeal process.
The final decision rendered by the dean of the SGSR may not be appealed.
If it is found that policy/and/or procedure has been
violated, the dean of the SGSR will instruct the program/department to allow
the student to retake the exam, fully adhering to policy and procedures. In the
event of a finding in support of the student allegation, the reexamination may
not be counted as one of the attempts permitted under the University or
Department’s Reexamination Policy.