Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Academic Policy Decision Appeals

A student who wishes to appeal an academic policy decision (including one believed to be discriminatory based on race, national origin, color, sex, disability, or age), must abide by the procedures that follow. Legal counsel or representation is not permitted.

Informal Resolution

  • When a student has a question about an academic policy decision, s/he must first contact the person who made the decision for an explanation of the policy and how it was followed. This contact must be made within 10 business days of the decision. If the policy has been followed, the student has no further recourse.
  • If the policy was not followed or the student disputes the way in which the policy was applied, s/he may request that the matter be reviewed by the Department Chair. This request must be made within 10 business days of the aforementioned meeting. The Chair will notify the student of his/her decision in writing (e-mail is sufficient) within 10 business days.

Formal Resolution (continuation of above)

  • If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the Department Chair, s/he may request that the matter be reviewed by the School Dean. To accomplish this, the student must file the Appeal form (available on the Portal http://my.mvnu.edu) within 10 business days of the decision. The Dean reserves the right to question any individual and/or obtain additional information from any other source. If the student files the request outside the 10-day period, s/he forfeits any further right to appeal. The Dean’s review is limited to whether the policy was applied properly. The Dean will either uphold the appeal or deny the appeal. The Dean will notify the student of the decision in writing within 10 business days of receipt of the appeal.
  • If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the School Dean, s/he may request that the matter be reviewed by the appropriate Associate Vice President (AVP). To accomplish this, the student must inform the Dean (in person or via e-mail) within 10 business days of the Dean’s decision. If the student files the request outside this period, s/he forfeits any further right to appeal. The Dean will send the appeal file to the AVP; thus, the student may not include additional information with the appeal to the AVP. The AVP’s review is limited to whether the policy was applied properly. The AVP will either uphold the appeal or deny the appeal. The AVP will notify the student of the decision in writing within 10 business days. The decision is final and non-appealable.