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Grade Reappraisals

Regulations & Guidelines

Students may, with sufficient academic grounds, request that a final grade in a course be reappraised (which may mean the review of specific pieces of tangible work). Non-academic grounds are not relevant for grade reappraisals.

Students need to be aware that a request for a grade reappraisal may result in the original grade being raised, lowered or confirmed.

Prior to submitting a grade reappraisal request, students are normally expected to first contact the course director to discuss the grade received and to request that their tangible work be reviewed. Tangible work may include:

  • Written
  • Graphic
  • Digitized
  • Modelled
  • Video recording or audio recording formats

It does not include oral work.

In the event that students are still not satisfied with the final grade or the course director is not available to review the work, they may submit in writing a formal request for a grade reappraisal to the department or unit in which the course is offered.

The original work in question, along with the instructions for the assignment, must be submitted as part of the reappraisal request.

If the condition of sufficient academic grounds has been met, the relevant faculty administrator will be responsible for ensuring that the work is reappraised by an appropriate faculty member, ensuring anonymity of both the student and the reappraiser.

The reappraiser will be given the nature of the assignment and the rationale for the original grade.

Both the student and the course director will be informed in writing of the results of the reappraisal (including the reappraiser's comments) and the route of appeal.


The Senate approved deadline for submitting grade reappraisals is:

  • February 15 for fall term grades;
  • June 15 for fall/winter session and winter term grades;
  • September 30 for summer session grades;
  • or a minimum of 21 days from the release of grades, whichever is later.

When a submission deadline occurs on a weekend or holiday, requests will be accepted up until the end of the next available business day. Exercising discretion about minor delays in meeting the deadline which result from slow mail delivery or extraordinary circumstances is reasonable.

For more information go to the York University grade reappraisal policy on the Registrar's website.