Frequently Asked Questions
An appointment with the Ombudsperson is recommended to make you aware of your options and steps to take in starting an appeal. The FAQs below go into specifics regarding a variety of circumstances, but if you don't see your problem listed, don't be afraid to contact the Ombudsperson. If for some reason we can't help you, we'll do our best to redirect you to someone who can.
If you find the reasons unsatisfactory, you can appeal the decision with the help of the Ombudsperson. In addition, you can refer to the Guide for Students with Disabilities and the Writing an Effective Appeal or Request Letter guide for more information to get a head start.
The Ombudsperson has also created a few guides to get you started: the Appealing for a Dean's Waiver or Faculty Transfer guide for those whose grades were affected by external circumstances (medical problems, family issues, etc); and the Readmission, Probation, Appeals guide for all other cases. The Writing an Effective Appeal or Request Letter and Tips on Preparing an Effective Chronology guides are also useful tools for students starting the appeals process.
Sometimes an appeal needs to be escalated to the final level: The Senate Review Board Academic (SRBA). If you're feeling lost or overwhelmed, you can read the guide about Appealing to the SRBA and contact the Ombudsperson to better understand the options available to you.