Final Grade Appeals Process

The faculty member is the sole determiner of the grade awarded in a course and is responsible for the justification of the grade. Students are entitled to an appropriate grade review on request, and students who question the grade received are referred directly to the faculty member for review. Should a student wish to continue further grade review, the following process should be followed.

  1. The student should submit the Final Grade Appeal form indicating the nature of the complaint to the department chair in the department where the course is housed and request a review of the assigned grade, indicating that an initial review has been performed by the faculty member issuing the grade. The Final Grade Appeals form is available on the VPAA website.
  2. Should the student, after consultation with the department chair, wish to continue further review of the grade, he/she should indicate this on the Final Grade Appeal form and contact the dean of the college where the course is housed and request a review of the assigned grade. The Final Grade Appeal form should be forwarded to the dean by the department chair.
  3. At either the department chair and/or dean level the faculty member may be asked to reevaluate the assigned grade.
  4. If the student wishes to appeal further, i.e., to the VPAA, in these rare and unusual circumstances the student shall indicate his/her decision on the Final Grade Appeal form. The Final Grade Appeal form will be forwarded to the VPAA by the dean. The VPAA will determine if the evidence is strong enough to warrant further review, i.e., the burden of proof is on the student to make a strong case that merits committee review. In this case the appeal shall be forwarded to the university Grievance Committee (appointed by the President annually). Any members of the department where the grade appeal resides would be excused from this review. The Grievance Committee will make a recommendation to the VPAA.
  5. Following the decision, the student and the faculty member shall be notified and provided a rationale for the decision.
  6. All grade appeals shall be initiated no later than six weeks after the term in which the grade was issued.

The Unit of Credit

The Unit of Credit is the semester hour and is based upon one hour of class and two hours of preparation per week for one semester. Two hours of laboratory work generally are considered the equivalent of one hour of regular class.

Quality Points

Quality Points are based on the grade received for each regular course completed. The University of North Alabama converted to the 4.0 grading system in the fall of 1989. At the end of the 1992-93 school year, the records of all students remaining on the 3.0 scale were converted to the 4.0 system. On the 4.0 system, each semester hour of credit is equal to four quality points if passed with a grade of A, to three quality points if passed with a grade of B, to two quality points if passed with a grade of C, and to one quality point if passed with a grade of D. No quality points are given for grades of F or for noncredit courses. The student must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) on all work attempted at this University and on all work attempted in the major and minor fields (when required).

The Grade Point Average

The Grade Point Average is obtained by dividing the total of quality points accumulated by a student by the total of credit hours attempted. For example, if a student has earned 96 quality points for 48 credit hours attempted, the grade point average is 2.0.

A Dean’s List

A Dean’s List for each college in the University is published at the end of each fall and spring semester. To  be considered for the Dean’s List, a student  must  be  classified  as  a  degree-seeking  student  in  full-time residence and have no grade of F, WF, I, IP during that semester. Any student with a 3.70 grade point average or higher on all work carried during that semester will be eligible for the Dean’s List.

Degrees with Honors

Degrees with Honors are conferred in accordance with the following index numbers which represent the grade point average for all work—but not less than 44 semester hours (Exception: Validation credit received by students in the RN-BSN or RN-MSN programs may be used to meet this requirement.) completed in residence at this institution:

Honor Achieved GPA Range
Cum Laude 3.50-3.69
Magna Cum Laude 3.70-3.89
Summa Cum Laude 3.90-4.00

Students who have met the Second Chance Provision are not eligible to graduate with honors.

Turris Fidelis Award

The Turris Fidelis key may be awarded to not more than two graduating seniors at spring commencement. Students who have graduated since the previous spring semester as well as those planning to graduate in the spring will be considered candidates for the award. The award is made on the basis of outstanding service to the University and scholastic achievement. This honor is the highest that can be conferred upon a graduating senior, and recipients are selected by a joint committee of faculty and students.

Keller Key

The Keller Key award was established as a memorial to the late President James Albert and Mrs. Mariglen Keller. A Keller Key is presented at each commencement to the honor graduate who, on the basis of having earned all credits for the bachelor’s degree at this university, has made the highest grade point average. The recipient of the Keller Key will be identified by the Registrar’s Office in accordance with established guidelines. For this purpose, all academic work ever attempted at UNA will be included in the calculation of the GPA. A student may receive the award only once even though more than one degree may be earned.

Distinguished Academic Achievement Award

The Distinguished Academic Achievement Award is presented to the UNA graduate with the highest grade point average who has completed at least 32 semester hours at UNA and is not eligible for the Keller Key Award. The grade point average is based on all work attempted. This award is presented annually at the Awards Gala.