Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Appeal

Council on Admission, Graduation, and Academic Standards (CAGAS)

The Council on Admission, Graduation, and Academic Standards (CAGAS) is responsible  for recommending and evaluating policies concerning admission, retention, graduation, and  academic standards and for establishing some of the procedures to carry out such policies.  It also serves as an appellate body regarding such policies and procedures. CAGAS (ten  faculty and two student members) meets weekly during Fall and Spring semesters, as well  as several times during the Summer.

Academic Dishonesty Appeal

Western Illinois University is dedicated to the discovery and communication of knowledge.  The University can best function and accomplish its objectives in an atmosphere where  high ethical standards prevail. For this reason, and to ensure that the academic work of all  students will be fairly evaluated, the University strongly condemns academic dishonesty. WIU’s policy on academic integrity is available at wiu.edu/policies/acintegrity.php.

Grade Appeal

It is the responsibility of any student wishing to pursue an academic grade appeal involving  a faculty member to discuss the matter privately with the professor involved by the end of  the second week of the regular semester (Fall or Spring) following the term in which the  student received the grade in question. Grade appeal hearings are normally heard during  the Fall/Spring semesters unless all parties agree to an earlier hearing. In the event the  student is unable to contact the professor by the beginning of the third week of the regular  semester (Fall or Spring), the student should contact the department chairperson in order  to set up a meeting with the faculty member (or to meet with the department chairperson if the faculty member is no longer on campus). WIU’s grade appeal policy is available at wiu.edu/policies/gradeapp.php.

Oral English Proficiency Appeal

Students who have complaints concerning the oral English proficiency of faculty providing  classroom instruction should contact the department chairperson or the immediate  supervisor of the appropriate faculty member. The complaint should be as specific as  possible and should include a written summary. All complaints shall be investigated by the department chairperson including, but not  limited to, classroom visitation. If the department chairperson finds the faculty member’s  oral English proficiency is satisfactory, he/she will so notify the student.

Students may appeal the department chairperson’s satisfactory evaluation of oral English  proficiency to the appropriate dean who shall investigate the complaint. If the dean finds  the faculty member’s oral English proficiency is satisfactory, the dean will so notify the  student. In the event of such a finding, the decision of the dean shall be final.

If the department chairperson or dean finds the faculty member’s oral English proficiency is unsatisfactory, a recommendation shall be submitted to the Academic Vice President for  consideration. The Academic Vice President will notify the student and the faculty member  of his/her decision.

At all levels of this procedure, the student’s identity will remain confidential.

Right of Academic Appeal

Students have the right to appeal the implementation of any University regulation which  relates to admission, academic standards, or graduation by submitting a formal written  appeal to the Council on Admission, Graduation, and Academic Standards (CAGAS). Such appeals must be based upon the existence of unusual or extenuating circumstances which  have prevented the student from achieving the normal University standard, and evidence  of these unusual or extenuating circumstances must be presented with the appeal. Such  appeals must be submitted to the CAGAS office, Sherman Hall 110.

Withdrawal from an Individual Course Appeal

Students may appeal to the Council on Admission, Graduation, and Academic Standards  (CAGAS) for a late withdrawal from an individual course, provided the student can  document extenuating circumstances. All appeals should include sufficient documentation  of any extenuating circumstances which explain why a student was unable to follow the  proper procedure for withdrawing from the course prior to the end of the tenth week  of the term. The student must also have the instructor of the course send a statement  verifying grades on quizzes, tests, assignments, and last date of attendance. Appeals and  support documentation must be submitted to the CAGAS office, Sherman Hall 110.

Withdrawal from the University Appeal

Students may appeal for a late withdrawal from the University and receive a W for each  course, provided the student can document extenuating circumstances. All requests should  include sufficient documentation of any extenuating circumstances which explain why a  student was unable to follow the proper procedure for withdrawing from the University  prior to the end of the tenth week of the term. The student’s request must be submitted in  writing with appropriate, supporting documentation to the Student Development Office.

If the Student Development Office denies the request, the student may appeal the decision  to the Council on Admission, Graduation, and Academic Standards (CAGAS). Students are  advised to attend classes, if possible, until a final decision is reached.

After the close of the semester, a student may appeal directly to CAGAS for late withdrawal.