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Grade Grievance

Student Government is in charge of selecting members of the student body to serve on the University Judicial Board, Judicial Board of Appeals and the College/Department level Grade Grievance Committees. Each year we select members of the student body to serve on these committees and boards. Serving on these can offer great benefits, such as a resume builder, networking with faculty and staff, and recommendations on graduate applications.

Grade Grievance Committees and University Judicial Boards

There are two different types of grade grievance committees, one for the college level, and one for the department level. The main difference is that a grievance is heard in the college setting, and one in the department setting. For example, if you are in the special education department you may choose to file your grievance with that department or the College of Education. One reason why you may want to file a college level and not a department level might be that you want your case to be heard from members not within your college, not just your department.

This process is somewhat similar with the University Judicial Board/ Judicial Board of Appeals. The focus of inquiry in a University hearing will be the determination of whether a violation of the University rules occurred, and such decision will be totally unrelated to any criminal or civil decisions against the student(s)/student organization arising from the same incident. Student(s)/student organizations or the University (represented by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards) may request that the University's Judicial Appeals board review the decision rendered at the conclusion of the formal hearing process.

This is the formal process of selecting members to serve on these boards and committees. This process is determined by the Office of Conduct and Community Standards and the Ombudsman's Office.

University Judicial Board

In Consultation with the Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards, student members will be appointed by Student Government. Board members will be appointed for a two-year term. They may be reappointed by the person or body who appointed them.

Judicial Board of Appeals

In consultation with the Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards, student members will be appointed by Student Government. Board members will be appointed for a three-year term. They may be reappointed by the person or body who appointed them.

Department Grade Grievance Committee

The committee shall be composed of three faculty members and two students. The faculty members shall be selected by appropriate department procedure. In undergraduate student grievances, the student representatives shall be selected from a list of representatives designated annually (no later than October 15 each year) by Student Government for each department in that particular college.

College Grade Grievance Committee

The committee shall be composed of three faculty members and two students. One faculty person and one student must be from the department from which the grievance originated. The other faculty and student representatives must be from different departments within the college. The dean of the college in which the grievance originates will select the appropriate faculty and student representatives to serve on a particular grievance committee from the approved designated lists. The faculty approved to serve on the committee shall be designated by the College Council from a list of faculty submitted by each department by October 15 each year. In undergraduate student grievances, the student representatives shall be selected from the list of representatives designated annually (no later than October 15 each year) by Student Government in each department in that particular college.

EMU Student Government is part of EMU Student Services, 342 EMU Student Center, 734.487.1470

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