Good communication between faculty and students will make disputes between them infrequent, but if disagreements occur, it is the College’s policy to provide a mechanism whereby a student may formally appeal faculty decisions. When a student uses the appeals procedure, all parties should endeavor to resolve the dispute amicably at the earliest possible stage.
Any student has the right to appeal a decision of a faculty, adjunct faculty, staff, program director, clinical coordinator, or employee of the college. Definition of an academic appeal is an allegation by a student that as to him or her, an employee of the college has violated federal or state laws and regulations, college or department policies, accreditation standards, or the faculty member’s own stated policy relating to student’s assignment of grades or other academic evaluation.
Types of Appeals
There are two types of Academic Appeals at Naugatuck Valley Community College:
- General Academic Appeals are for appeals by students in any program or discipline.
- Allied Health/Nursing Clinical Academic Appeals are for those appeals which deal specifically with clinical evaluation judgments.
Copies of the policy and forms may be obtained through the Academic Division Offices, from the Dean of Academic Affairs, or by contacting the Academic Appeals Committee Chairperson.