Petitions and Appeals
Below are the different petitions and appeals that our office can assist you with. The drop down next to the policy will provide more information for each petition or appeal. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office at RegOffice@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4485.
Grade Dispute Appeal
What is the Grade Appeal Policy?
The Grade Appeal Policy provides a process for redress of grievance between a student and a faculty member concerning a final grade in a course taken at Kutztown University.
Two important points to be kept in mind concerning the application of this policy are:
- All uses of the word "grade" in this policy refer to the final grade in a course;
- The Grade Appeal Board (GAB) may consider approving changes only to P (pass) and W (withdraw). Any requests for changes to specific letter grades, therefore -- a change from a D to a C, for example -- would not be considered by the GAB.
Undergraduate Academic Forgiveness
Academic readiness and situational factors may affect the academic performance of undergraduate students, especially first-time students, in the university setting. For a variety of reasons, including poor performance, students separate from the university and involve themselves in work and other life experiences. At present, students with a history of poor performance who choose to return to Kutztown University after years of separation often face obstacles created by their previous academic record.
Undergraduate Exceptions Committee (UEC)
Undergraduate Exceptions Committee (UEC):
The Undergraduate Exceptions Committee (UEC) reviews petitions of individual students wishing to have a specific policy regulation waived for just cause.
For questions regarding the Undergraduate Exceptions Committee process and meeting dates, please contact the Student Advocate in the Office of the Registrar:
Common Questions Pertaining to the Completion of the Petition:
How do I complete the petition?
Please click here to complete the UEC petition. Follow the directions on page two of the petition; you may also contact the Student Advocate.
Are all signatures required?
Yes, all signatures are REQUIRED (i.e. Department Chair, Academic Advisor).
Must the Financial Aid Consultation Form be completed?
Committee decisions may negatively impact financial aid packages. If you receive(d) Financial Aid, you MUST have the Financial Aid Consultation Form completed by a Financial Aid Consultant. It is the student's responsibility to contact the Financial Aid Office. Petitions will NOT be accepted without a completed form.
Where do I submit my petition?
Students may submit ONE of the following ways:
Mail to: Office of the Registrar, Kutztown University
115 Stratton Administration Building
Kutztown, PA 19530
How will I be notified of the results of my petition?
The petitioner will be notified in writing of the committee action.
Final Exam Conflict Resolution
This applies to undergraduate students who have a conflict of two final examinations at the same time or three or more in one day.
In the event the conflict(s) cannot be resolved informally with the instructor(s), the student may seek a resolution in the following manner:
1. Complete the Final Examination Conflict Resolution Form by the end of week ten of the semester. If the student does not apply by this date, the conflict(s) may not be resolved to the student's satisfaction.
2. Present this form to the instructor with the highest numbered course to schedule an alternate time to take the final examination during the final examination week. If conflicting final examinations are for the same numbered course, the course with the largest enrollment will take precedence; that is, the smaller enrolled course final examination needs to be rescheduled.
3. If the necessary rescheduling cannot be resolved through the instructor(s) involved and both courses are in the same college, the academic dean will make the rescheduling decision.
4. If the rescheduling cannot be resolved through the instructors and the courses are in different colleges, the Provost will make the rescheduling decision.
Academic Honesty – Undergraduate Students
The purpose of this policy is to define the procedures and penalties for academic dishonesty for undergraduate students.
Kutztown University is committed to the personal and intellectual growth of its students. The
principal context in which this growth occurs is the University’s courses, and the educational
process depends upon an open and honest atmosphere of positive cooperation between faculty
and students. In order to maintain this atmosphere, instructors must evaluate the academic
performance of students fairly and students must demonstrate their mastery of subject matter
honorably. Any acts of academic dishonesty by students, such as plagiarism on written papers or cheating on exams, threaten to undermine the educational and ethical goals of the University for
its students. Such violations are of the utmost seriousness. The goal of the following policy and
procedures is to promote a climate of academic honesty at the University.