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2003-2004 Academic Year


COMMITTEE: __Student Academic Appellate Committee__


1.          Membership (include ex-officio members).

             Victor Aeby                                Janice Lewis
             George Bailey                             Janice Neil
             Ian Baer                                       Mario Rey
             Tom Durham                              Ralph Scott
             Greg Lapicki                               Michael Schinasi
             Elizabeth Layman


2.          Meeting Dates (include members present*).

* and members who contributed to committee action, but were not at the



9-3-03: Aeby, Bailey, Durham, Lapicki, Layman, Lewis, Neil, Rey, Scott


10-1 -03: Aeby, Bailey, Durham, Layman, Lewis, Neil, Schinasi, Scott


11-5-03: Bailey, Durham, Lapicki, Layman, Lewis, Rey, Schinasi, Scott


12-3-03: Bailey, Durham, Lapicki, Layman, Lewis, Rey


1-5-04: Aeby, Bailey, Durham, Lapicki, Layman, Lewis, Neil, Scott


2-4-04: Durham, Lapicki, Layman, Lewis, Neil, Rey


3-3-04: Aeby, Bailey, Durham, Lapicki, Layman, Lewis, Neil, Rey, Scott


4-7-04: Aeby, Durham, Lapicki, Layman, Lewis, Neil, Rey, Scott


Committee also has meetings scheduled for May, July, and August.



3.          Subcommittees established during the year (include progress and/or completion of work). None


4.          Accomplishments during the year, especially as addressed through committee goals. Please include recommendations made to any University agency other than the Faculty Senate that will be noted under #5.


Reviewed charge from Faculty Senate.

Became familiar with University policy and procedures relevant to the committee’s areas of responsibilities.

Heard and decided appeals in a timely fashion. Denied 28 appeals requesting additional course drop appeals, 2 requests not to have certain drops count, 17 late course drop appeals, 4 retroactive drop appeals, 2 4D appeals, a 4C appeal, 63 readmission appeals, 4 requests to grade-replace ineligible courses, and 2 requests to either grade replace or drop a 3000-level course. Also denied requests for retroactive permission to take courses abroad, to transfer credits for summer courses taken an a community college by exception, to drop an audited course and switch a for-credit course to audit status, and to waive the humanities/fine arts requirement. Approved the extension of financial aid in two cases; deferred a decision in a third case until August. Granted 21 additional course drop appeals, 4 requests for retroactive withdrawals, 11 late course drop appeals, 2 retroactive course drop appeals, 2 requests for exceptions to the grade replacement policy, 2 requests for late or retroactive grade replacements, and 15 readmission appeals. In several of these cases, granting of appeals was made contingent on the submission of specified documentation. The committee also granted requests for a late add, for application of the forgiveness policy, for retroactive forgiveness, for a late grade change, for waiver of a portion of the foreign language requirement, and for permission to retake a class. The committee granted a request made by a faculty member to make a late grade change. Referred several cases to the Counseling Center and/or Student Health Services for decisions or recommendations. Chairperson Durham, acting on the authority of the committee, denied 45 late readmission appeals and granted 3 appeals.


5.           Reports to the Faculty Senate (include dates and resolution numbers). None

6.           Business carried over to next year (list in priority order).

None. However, the current committee will meet in May, July and August to hear appeals.


7.           Evaluation of the committee (include anything that hindered or assisted the committee’s work during the year).

A.         Charge: Met charge

B.          Personnel: Registrar’s Office provided regular assistance.

C.          Attendance: Good attendance by faculty; student representative did not attend any meetings.

D.          Responsibilities: Excellent; combined student appellate committee continued to work effectively and efficiently.

E.          Activities: Heard and decided appeals in a timely and fair manner.


8.           Suggestion(s) to the Chair of the Faculty and/or Faculty Senate for improving the effectiveness of the committee. None


9.          Does the Committee’s organizational meeting next year need to be earlier than the date set this year? No


Signed: Tom Durham, Chairperson­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­               Janice Lewis, Secretary