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If I have a dispute over my graduate student examination results, how do I file an appeal?

Briefly summarized below, Texas A&M Student Rule #53 (Graduate Student Examination Evaluation Disputes) describes the appeal process in detail. Carefully examine Student Rules #53 before pursuing a grievance.

  1. First discuss your grievance with the chair or co-chairs of the examining committee.
  2. If no satisfactory resolution is reached with the examining committee chair or the committee chair is unavailable, then students shall appeal to the head of the department or program administering the exam. 
  3. To appeal exam results to the department or program head, students must complete form GAP-003  and collect all documentation that supports claims of capricious, arbitrary or prejudiced academic evaluation.
  4. Next, submit form GAP-003 and all supporting documentation to the Graduate & Professional School. These materials together represent the Appeal Summary File.
  5. The Appeal Summary File original stays with the Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies office, and Graduate & Professional School will send a copy to the department or program administering the degree.
  6. The graduate student or the examining committee acting through its chair may appeal the department head’s decision to the dean or designee of the college in which the student is enrolled.
  7. If no satisfactory resolution presents from the dean or designee, the student and/or examining committee through its chair may file an appeal with the Graduate Appeals Panel. See instructions here:

What is the process for holding a graduate academic appeals panel?

Please direct any questions concerning graduate appeals to the Graduate & Professional School at grad@tamu.edu

GAP-003 Form

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