Review board cures what ails students
By Mark Brown
Appealing grades in university might often seem analogous to removing a Band-Aid despite the glimmer of hope, it's not easy, quick or painless.
A student can first approach their professor to discuss concerns in an informal setting. If the student feels their concerns have not been adequately addressed, they can then take their arguments to the next level of the department.
Appeals which are taken to a more formal setting will then undergo an evaluation of the decision put forth by the previous level to determine if there are adequate grounds for the appeal.
The university's Senate review board of appeals is the final stage of the appeal process. The board deals with cases of a serious nature such as allegations of plagiarism or other serious academic offences.
A most recent example of student appeals reaching the SRBA was a case against the grading practice of a pathology 240A course. After a review, the revised final marks were recently submitted to academic records in the office of the registrar, although the grades in question were from the course which was taken during the winter term of 1995 .
Michael Owen, zoology professor and chair of the Senate committee who conducted the review, said an appeal was heard regarding two marks in the pathology course.
"The SRBA does not change marks," Owen said. "It simply listens to a case." For the protection of the student the appeal proceedings are absolutely confidential, he added.
Kathy Steele, secretary for the university secretariat who was also present at the students' appeal, said the marks for the students who were enrolled in the course were reviewed several ways.
Students can request their revised marks from the office of the registrar and any transcripts which have already been forwarded to other schools may be redirected.