Academic Grievance Policy

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 requires that each college or university establish due process for the resolution of academic grievances. Students enrolled at Temple University have the right to appeal academic decisions that they dispute. Each school and college at Temple University has established and adheres to its own grievance procedure. The following procedures are specifically applicable to all degree programs of Tyler School of Art.

Students should be advised that filing a formal grievance beyond the level of the instructor is serious and should be avoided until all informal methods of adjudication have been employed.

Step 1 – Faculty Member:   A student with an academic grievance must first attempt to discuss the problem with the faculty member. In most cases, the grievance can be settled in this manner.

Step 2 – Chairperson:  If the grievance cannot be resolved in Step 1, the student may submit a letter of grievance to the chairperson of the faculty member’s department stating the following: course reference number, course number and section, faculty member teaching the course, and specific reason(s) for the grievance. The chairperson shall review with the student his/her reasons for the grievance. The chairperson, with letter of grievance, shall meet with the faculty member to discuss the problem. The chairperson shall transmit, in writing, the outcome of this meeting and his/her decision to the student and faculty member.  Note: If the faculty member in the grievance is the department chairperson, the letter of grievance should be submitted directly to the Associate Dean’s Office.

Step 3 - Associate Dean: If the student remains dissatisfied, he/she may appeal to the Associate Dean’s Office. The Associate Dean shall schedule a meeting first with the faculty member and the chairperson to discuss the grievance.  If this grievance involves a graduate student, the Graduate Program Director will also be included. Following this discussion, the student is invited to join the meeting to discuss the matter further and hear the decision. A report regarding the outcome of the meeting is written by the Associate Dean and forwarded to the Dean’s Office.

Step 4 - Student Appeal and Grievance Committee: If the student decides to pursue the matter further, he/she may appeal the case to the Dean’s Office. The Dean shall call a meeting of the Student Appeal and Grievance Committee which consists of the four at-large members of the Tyler Executive Council. The Dean shall appoint one of these members as Chair without vote. The committee shall also consist of two undergraduate students and one graduate student provided by the Tyler Student Alliance (see Tyler School of Art By-Laws, Article III, Section B., No. 1). The Student Appeal and Grievance Committee shall make recommendations to the Dean on each appeal or grievance.  All recommendations to the Dean shall reasonably summarize the student’s claim, provide the basis for the committee’s recommendation, and state clearly the committee’s recommended disposition of the student’s claim.

Step 5 - Dean of Tyler: The Dean of Tyler shall investigate the matter thoroughly and, if necessary, discuss the case with all those involved.  The Dean’s decision shall be forwarded, in writing, to the student and committee.
Step 6 - University Administration: Should the student decide to appeal further, he/ she will be directed to the appropriate University administrator: the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Students or the University Dean of the Graduate School. All materials will be forwarded to the appropriate office for further consideration.

Step 7 - Provost:  Appeals for contesting a grade or any academic matter are directed from the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Students or the University Dean of the Graduate School to the Provost’s Office. This is the final step and highest level for student academic appeals.

Fall and Spring Semester Time Limit For Academic Appeals
The time limit within which a grade grievance can be entered is one (1) semester after the grade has been made a part of the student’s transcript.

Summer Session Time Limit For Academic Appeals
Due to the condensed schedule of the summer sessions, the limit within which summer grade grievances can be entered is two (2) weeks after the grade has been made a part of the student’s transcript.
For further information on academic grievance procedures, please inquire in the Assistant Dean’s Office.

Grievances Other Than Academic Appeals:


  • Students who have other non-academic complaints about a faculty member’s conduct (without regard to grading), should refer those concerns in writing to the Chair of the Department or, if the faculty member is also the chair, the Associate Dean.  Graduate students may also file a complaint with the Graduate Program Director Kate Wingert-Playdon

Elizabeth Fever
Assistant Director of Academic Affairs
Tyler Building, Room 212