As you know, I have been attempting to contact the Board of Regents with regard to the recent decision by the Education Faculty appeals committee to reject my grade appeal in Prof. Bush's course. It has come to my attention that perhaps it is the Senate and not the Board that would be the appropriate body for this appeal. I am therefore requesting that the recipients of this letter would forward my request to all members of the Senate for their consideration.
In view of the circumstances of this case, I feel a written appeal would not be adequate to represent my interests. I am therefore requesting an oral hearing. For your information, I am submitting the information I orignally included when I first requested a grade appeal last January (see below).
To: The Registrar
Prof. G.D. Bush
Dean of Education
Re: Final Grade in EDUC 15.4869
This letter notifies the University of my intent to appeal my final grade in “Theory of Science Teaching”. The grounds for my appeal are that the overall assessment of the final grade is demonstrably unjust.
Under the University procedures, I am required to submit my appeal in writing to the Registrar, who then forwards it to the Departmental Review Committee. In view of the circumstances of my case, which the Registrar is familiar with, I am asking him to consider a variation in this procedure whereby I would be allowed to present my case orally. The reasons for my request are as follows:
1. As the Registrar is aware, I am presently engaged in a conflict with my department whereby they have refused to engage in communication with me concerning my status, instead referring me in all matters to the Registrar’s office. I therefore feel I cannot expect a fair hearing from my department.
2. The requirement to put all of my arguments in writing places an excessively onerous burden on me at this time, given the complexity of my case, the demanding course load I am dealing with and the extremely stressful conditions of my studies at this time, the reasons for which are familiar to the Registrar.
3. In making my case, I wish to point out the extreme discrepancy between the marks I was awarded and the obvious quality of the work submitted. I intended to draw an inference of malice from this circumstance, and will wish to support my inference with evidence of various incidents throughout the term. I feel this is by its nature a case that ought to be argued orally and in the presence of the instructor.
I am therefore suggesting that the Registrar convene a committee to be composed of himself and two members of the Education faculty, including one of my choosing. I am willing to submit a written outline of my claim to the committee, including copies of all relevant supporting documents. The professor whose grade I am appealing should be a party to the hearing.
Please give this matter your most serious consideration.