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Procedure for Appealing a Course Grade (FCLC & PCS)

Offices of the Dean
 
The principal administrator of each of the 10 schools of Fordham University is the Dean. The Dean of the College is responsible for administrating the programs of the College and represents the interests of the College within the wider University. The Dean works in collaboration with the faculty and, where appropriate, with student representatives, in the pursuit of the objectives of the school. In addition to this administrative position, the Dean may also hold faculty status in a department of the University. The dean is assisted by associate and assistant deans.
 
For most day-to-day academic matters, students should contact one of the associate or assistant deans. Among those matters which an assistant or associate dean can resolve are transferring credit from another college or University; advice about declaring a major, a double major, or an individualized major; taking a summer course either at Fordham or elsewhere; and applying for a leave of absence or withdrawal from the College or a transfer to another school. Students expecting to graduate should have the assistant dean for seniors do a “graduation review” of their transcript before registering for their last semester of work.
 
New students may feel that seeing a dean means being in academic trouble. While deans do deal with students who have academic problems, their primary function is to oversee the intellectual life of the college. Deans may be able to help students define their problem and its impact on academic performance and develop an appropriate strategy for dealing with it.
 
The formation of a close and relaxed relationship with your deans is as important as the technicalities of transfer credit and course requirements. For freshmen, this relationship may make the transition to college life a smoother one. For sophomores, juniors, and seniors, it will lead to fewer problems and greater opportunities to enjoy the college experience. The deans wish to serve all students in completing their degrees, defining career goals, and enriching themselves intellectually.
 
Fordham College at Lincoln Center - Office of the Dean
 
Rev. Robert R. Grimes, S.J., Ph.D., Dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center
Robert K. Moniot, Ph.D., Associate Dean
 
Lowenstein 821 (212) 636-6300
 
The College Council-Fordham College at Lincoln Center
 
From its very inception, Fordham College at Lincoln Center has recognized that, in order to achieve its objectives, it should foster the development of an academic community among its faculty, students, and administrators. This academic community has manifested itself in the establishment of the College Council. The College Council is a representative body of students, faculty, and administrators that assists in formulating policies for the College and making recommendations to appropriate University officers and bodies concerning University policies that affect the college. The Dean of the College serves as chairperson of the Council. The Dean of Students serves on the Council ex officio. Five students serve on the Council: three named by USG, one by the RHA, and one by the CSA.
 
Student Advisory Board of the Dean
 
United Student Government works with the various academic departments in the college to nominate students to the Student Advisory Board to the Dean. The Board meets several times each semester and is a way for students to provide input about both their academic and non-academic experiences of the college and suggest ways those experiences can be improved.
 
Assistant Deans’ Office/Academic Advising Center
 
Lowenstein 804 houses the Assistant Deans for Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Information regarding academic advising, Academic Orientation, graduation review, Commencement and diploma ceremonies, Dean’s List, academic course listings, and registration is available to the entire undergraduate student population.
 
 
Joseph B. Desciak, M.S., Assistant Dean for First Year Experience
(212) 636-7454
Arleen Pancza-Graham, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Sophomores and Transfer Students
(212) 636-6740
TBA, Assistant Dean for Juniors and Transfer Students
(212) 636-6740
TBA, Ph.D, Assistant Dean for Seniors (212) 636-6350
 
 
 
Hours:
 
Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
 
Summer Hours:
 
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
 
Declaration of Major
 
Students are required to declare their majors by the second semester of their sophomore year or after reaching 45 credits. The student will meet with the Chair or Associate Chair of the Department to declare the major and to choose an advisor.
 
Graduation
 
 
Students are asked to review their transcripts and Degree Works audits, which they can obtain on-line, regularly with their advisor for completion of degree and major requirements. All students who have completed 86 or more credits by the end of the summer session must make an appointment with the Assistant Dean for Seniors in the fall to review their progress toward completing the degree requirements and must apply for graudation on the Student tab of My.Fordham. Students who expect to graduate in February, May, or August must apply for graduation on My.Fordham by the deadline date specified in the academic calendar. The deadline for applying for February 2015 graduation is December 31, 2014 and the deadline for May and August 2015 graduation is February 5, 2015. The commencement for February, May, and August 2015 graduates will take place on May 16, 2015. Students who plan to finish their degree requirements in summer 2015 will be August graduates and take part in commencement in May 2015.
 
 
Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies (FSPCS) – Office of the Dean
 
FSPCS  offers evening, weekend and on-line courses for the convenience of working adults and other part-time students at the Lincoln Center, Rose Hill, and Westchester campuses.
 
Isabelle Frank, Ph.D., Dean of Fordham   School of Professional and Continuing Studies
Cira T. Vernazza, M.A., Associate Dean
 
John Bach, M.A., Assistant Dean
 
Lowenstein 301
 







(212) 636 - 6372





 






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Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM







 





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Summer Hours: Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
 


 
 
Declaration of Major
 
Students are recommended to declare their majors and/or minors by the end of their sophomore year (approximately 60 credits). To declare a major and/or minor, the student will meet with the Chair or Associate Chairof the Department at the Lincoln Center campus to review the major/minor requirements, approve any application of transfer credits to those programs and to choose an advisor. Forms for declaring or changing a major, declaring or changing a minor, and declaring or changing the academic advisor are available in the Dean’s Offices of the college (Lincoln Center campus, Room 301; Rose Hill campus, Keating 118; Westchester campus, 400 Westchester Ave.)

Academic Advising
Students are required to meet with an academic dean for advising at two points -- after their admission to the college prior to their first term and in their first semester for registration in the second term. But all students are encouraged to meet with an academic dean in each semester to discuss the core curriculum requirements, possible areas for majors or minors, transfer credits, prerequisites and program requirements, prior learning redits, internships and tutorials, summer session courses, career goals and interests, the Honors Program, scholarship programs, graduation, etc.
 
The School Council - Fordham School of Continuing and Professional Studies
 
In order to achieve its objectives and in keeping with University statutes, the School seeks to foster the development of an academic community among its faculty, students, and administrators. This academic community has manifested itself in the establishment of a PCS School Council, which is a representative body of students, faculty, and administrators that assists in formulating policies for the School and making recommendations to appropriate University officers and bodies concerning policies that affect it.
 
Graduation
 
Students are asked to review their academic transcripts on my.fordham.edu and their Degree Progress Worksheets, which are updated and distributed by the Dean’s Office, for completion of degree and major requirements. All students who have completed 86 or more credits by the end of the summer session should make an appointment with the Associate or Assistant Dean in the Fall term to review their progress toward completing the degree requirements and to Apply to Graduate on my.fordham.edu. Students who expect to graduate in February, May, or August must Apply to Graduate by the deadline date specified in the academic calendar. The deadline for filing for February graduation is in September and the deadline for May and August graduation is in January. The commencement for February, May, and August graduates will take place annual in late May. Students who plan to finish their degree requirements in the summer sessions will be August graduates and may take part in the May commencement if they are enrolled in their final courses.
 
 
Procedure for Appealing a Course Grade (FCLC and FSPCS)
An undergraduate who claims to have received an unfair grade in a course may use the following grievance procedure. The student must act in a timely manner following the steps below with the goal of resolving the grade grievance.

Step One:
The student should set ameeting time and talk with the professor whose grade he or she is grieving during the semester or within one month of the beginning of the next semester.

Step Two:
If the gradegrievance is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student, he or she may submit a written request for the grade change and the supporting justification to the Chairperson of the department or program in which the course was offered within two weeks of ending discussionwith the professor. The Chairperson will send a copy of this request to the professor.

Step Three:
The Department Chairperson will meet with the student within two weeks of receiving the student’s written request for the grade change. The Chairperson will also review the request with the professor.
   -If the Chairperson finds the request for a grade change without merit, he/she will meet with the student and discuss the decision.
   -If the Chairperson supports the request for a grade change, the chairperson will meet with the student and professor together or separately, as he or she deems best. If the professor believes the grade change is not merited, he or she will make his or her reasons clear to the Chairperson in writing, if requested by the Chairperson.

Should the student decide to appeal to the Associate Dean, he or she should inform the Chairperson within two weeks. The chairperson will act on this appeal by submitting a written report and supporting materials within two weeks to the Associate Dean of the College in which the course was taken.

Step Four:
The Associate Dean will review the materials and assemble an Appeals Committee of his or her choosing to advise in resolving the grade grievance. The Associate Dean will make a decision and submit a written report and the recommendation to the Academic Dean of the appropriate College before the end of the semester.

Step Five:
The Academic Dean of the appropriate college will review the materials, make a decision, and notify all parties of the decision. The Academic Dean’s decision is final.

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