Academic Appeal Policy
Assessment is an ongoing process. Please see the Assessment Policy for more information on assessment at CIS. Should a student or parent disagree with an awarded grade/level of achievement, the student or parent must first contact the respective teacher directly. This allows the teacher an opportunity to explain the grade/level of achievement and how it was awarded. If there is still a concern about the grade/level of achievement, the student or parent should initiate the Academic Appeal process via email to his/her respective principal. A student’s final result reflects both their most consistent and most recent achievement levels.
An appeal is a request for a review of a decision made by an Academic faculty member. A student or parent may only request a review of the decision made by an Academic faculty member if grounds are valid. Academic Appeal results in one of two outcomes: the grade/level of achievement remains the same or the grade/level of achievement is changed.
Valid grounds for lodging an appeal include:
- Grade/level of achievement not determined by assignment/assessment method that was specified by the teacher
- Work handed in on time and not marked
- Alleged disadvantage through lack of feedback
- Alleged bias affecting the assignment/assessment
- Alleged incorrect advice from staff teaching the unit in question
- Approved accommodations not provided
- Any other grounds accepted by the division principal
Invalid grounds for appeal include:
- Objectives (the expected learner outcomes) of the unit in question
- Assessment methods approved for the unit (the type of assessment)
- Standard required to achieve particular grades/levels of achievement (assignment/assessment rubrics)
- Personal or medical problems
- Financial implications of not passing the unit
- Grades/levels of achievement received by student in other units
- Amount of work done and penalty imposed for plagiarism in accordance with the school’s Academic Honesty Policy
There is no right of appeal against decisions made by the Examination Board.
A student whose case is under consideration by the Examination Board shall have the right to continue with his/her course until such time as a decision is reached, to ensure that he/she is not academically disadvantaged.
Procedures / Guidelines
Students or parents must submit an Academic Appeal Form to the division principal within 3 days of the release of results; if the division principal is unavailable, the form should be submitted to the Head of Academics, or the Head of School.
- The division principal reviews the request and, if valid, forwards the appeal to the Examination Board for review.
- In reviewing the appeal, the Examination Board considers, where applicable, the following:
- the student’s or parent’s statement of appeal
- the student’s or parent’s extraordinary circumstances statement
- the student’s or parent’s verbal presentation to the Examination Board
- the examiner’s or teacher’s report
- the principal’s report
- Following the review, the Examination Board approves or denies the appeal. A simple majority is required for the decision.
- If approved, the Head of Academics notifies the student and his/her parent/s in writing within seven days of the decision being made.
- The division principal ensures that the change is recorded in the official student record within four weeks of the decision being made, as per the Changes to Student Records Policy.
- If denied, the Head of Academics notifies the student and his/her parent/s in writing within seven days of the decision being made.
- The decision made by the Examination Board is final.
- The Academic Appeal Policy is available in the High School Student eHandbook, Middle School Student Agenda, and Parent Handbook.
Applicability Group: All Students
Related School Policies: Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy