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Deviations from the Course Syllabus

Deviation from the syllabus will be considered a grieveable situation only if the student can show that significant material, vital to future courses for which this course is a prerequisite, has been elimi­nated or the expectation of student performance has significantly changed.

In general, any student who has any form of grievance with a faculty member or administrator follows this process:

  1. Take that grievance to the person involved. 1. Accordingly, students who have a grievance about major deviations, additions or changes to a course’s syllabus are encouraged to first take up the issue with the course instructor. Significant reasons may have developed – such as a major discovery that necessitates changes in the course content or contextual de­velopments which change the way the course may be delivered or evaluated – to warrant such changes in the curriculum.
  2. If a faculty member is contacted and a resolu­tion does not result, the grievance may then be taken to the Division Chairperson. (If the applicable Division Chair is the instructor in question, the concern should be directed to the Associate Dean.) The purpose of this meeting is primarily informational, although if there is evidence that the course did not generally match with the basic description provided in the University catalog, remedies may be offered to the student, including, but not limited to, re-offering the course to the stu­dent, providing an opportunity for mentored independent study, or extending the option of course withdrawal.
  3. If the grievance is still not resolved, it may be taken to Associate Dean.
  4. If the grievance is still not resolved, it may be taken to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  5. Grievances should be expressed and dealt with at the earliest point in time. Ordinarily students should begin the grievance process no later than two weeks after the initial un­resolved experience. Grievances initiated after the end of the semester will be treated as grade appeals.
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