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If you feel that a grade has been improperly assigned or an academic or institutional process has not been followed, you have the right of appeal.

Appeals must be made in writing using the online appeals form.

What can I appeal?

You may appeal decisions and actions, including:

  • grade assignment
  • evaluation and assessment of transfer credits
  • institutional policies and procedures that do not directly impact the assignment of grades
  • assignment of penalties resulting from decisions made under the Student Academic Misconduct Policy

Grade appeals

Athabasca University’s grade appeals process is as follows:

  • Contact your tutor to discuss the mark within 30 days of receiving the mark.
  • You or your tutor contact the course professor to have the examination, assignment, or essay re-graded. You must make this request within 30 days of the original complaint.
  • If you are still dissatisfied with the result after remarking, submit a written appeal to the dean (or designates). This must be done within 1 month of receiving the second marking.
Get detailed information about the grade appeal process.

Transfer credit appeals

Before appealing a transfer credit decision, you are expected to be familiar with AU's admissions and academic regulations.

Read the transfer credit appeal process Submit an appeal online

Non-grade-related appeals

Appeals in this category can include decisions around course extensions, course registrations, challenge for credit, and exam issues unrelated to grades (e.g. exam requests, invigilators). You may need to provide supporting documentation.

Read about appeals of institutional policy or procedure Submit an appeal online

Academic misconduct appeals

Academic misconduct has severe penalties that can range from getting a failing grade on an assignment or course to expulsion. Examples of academic misconduct include but are not limited to plagiarism, falsifying data, using artificial intelligence to write essays, and submitting someone else's work as your own. To appeal an academic misconduct penalty, you are expected to be familiar with the Academic Misconduct Policy.

Read the academic misconduct appeal process

Updated November 06, 2023 by Digital & Web Operations (