Archived: Ask Meaghan: Happy Exam-mas!

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I just wrote a final exam and it was terrible! I think I’m going to fail my course. What can I do?

Final exams are now upon us, fa la la la la la la la la!
Marks are scary and can cause a fuss, fa la la la la la la la la!
Have you heard of a final grade appeal? Fa la la la la la la la la!
Don’t go anywhere until you hear my spiel, fa la la la la la la la la!

As the fall 2018 semester winds down, the Student Advocacy Resource Centre continues providing support to students. We are well into our busy season! Wrapping presents will have to wait as we are currently wrapping up student files and preparing for another semester of guidance and self-advocacy.

The end of a semester can come with a lot of worry for students, especially during this time of year. Some are experiencing financial hardship while others fear the extra pounds they might put on with the abundant of chocolates and baked goods literally everywhere you go. Don’t worry, Buddy the Elf knows how you feel. It rings true for a lot of students that their biggest worry is how they did on their final examinations or papers. Fear not – if you got a bad mark, you might be able to go through MRU’s Final Grade Appeal policy/process.

First and foremost, it is important to know that there are three separate levels for appealing your final grade and that these must be carried out in order. I’ve outlined these for you:

Level One (Instructor Level):

  1. The final grade calculated was not on all work completed and as indicated in the course outline.
  2. There was an arithmetical miscalculation of the final grade.

Level Two (Chair level):

  1. There was alleged unfair assessment of academic performance.

Level Three (Dean level), the grounds are:

  1. There is new evidence that was previously unavailable.
  2. There was an alleged procedural error in reaching the decision.
  3. The findings of the previous adjudicator were allegedly not supported by the evidence.

The first two levels will be adjudicated on the academic merit of a student’s work, while the third level of the appeal process is based solely on the process by which the academic appeal decision was reached.

You can only start the Final Grade Appeal process AFTER a final grade has been awarded for the course. This will be posted on Blackboard, so be sure to check it out within three business days of your final exam!

If you have additional questions about Final Grade Appeals, please see the Student Advocacy Resource Centre’s Frequently Asked Questions, as there are some great tips in there that can guide you. As always, if you need some help navigating through this process, book an appointment with me, Meaghan, or drop by the Student Advocacy Resource Centre. We are happy to assist you!

We wish you all a safe and restful break. See you in the New Year!!

The Student Advocacy Resource Centre is open until December 21, 2018. We will reopen January 2, 2019.