Waitlist Policies

FALL 2020 WAITLIST POLICIES

Students who want to be admitted to a closed WRITING course should add themselves to the waitlist. Students are generally taken off the waitlist in chronological order with exceptions noted below. When a seat becomes available prior to the first day of classes, the first student on the waitlist will receive permission to register via email. Students will have 48 hours to register for the class or they lose their place on the waitlist and the next student on the waitlist will be issued permission to register. Once classes begin students will only have 24 hours to register or they lose their place on the waitlist. 

Exceptions to issuing permissions chronologically are as follows:

  1. WRITING 100: Students who wish to join Writing 100 after the first two class sessions must make sure they are on the waitlist and email the instructor to set up a meeting to discuss enrolling. Based on this discussion, the student and instructor will then make a determination on whether or not it is appropriate for the student to enroll.

  2. WRITING 120: Students waitlisted for WRITING 120 who have a higher number of credit hours and have not yet fulfilled their First-Year Writing Requirement will be given priority.

ONE-CREDIT MINI COURSE POLICIES

  1. WRITING 201: Students may not add a one-credit mini course after the second class meeting.

  2. WRITING 229: Students who wish to join Writing 229 after the term starts must make sure they are on the waitlist and email the instructor to ask for permission to register. Students may not add a one-credit mini course after the second class meeting.

Please note: It is department policy that registered students must participate in the first two class sessions or activities in whatever format offered by the instructor or notify the instructor that they will be unable to do so and why. Failure to do so may result in the student being dropped from the course. 

Grade Grievance Policy

Two principles should be clearly understood as part of the context of any grade grievance:

  1. A grade given by a faculty member may be changed only by that faculty member (Faculty Code B 5.01). Sweetland’s grade grievance procedures are intended to result in a recommendation, for or against a change, to the appropriate faculty member.
  2. While Sweetland wishes to see demonstrably unfair grades rectified, it will not automatically invoke the full procedure described below for every grade grievance. For example, a grade grievance based on the argument that one instructor's grading standards are stricter than those of others will normally not be pursued.

When a student believes a grade is unfair and wishes to invoke the Sweetland grade grievance procedure, these steps are to be followed:

  1. Meet with the Instructor
    The student should first confer with her/his instructor within the first 15 University business days of the first full term (i.e. Fall or Winter) following the term in which the disputed grade was issued to make sure that both are aware of all the pertinent facts and to identify the issues that are in dispute

  2. Write an appeal to the Associate Director
    If the first step does not lead to a resolution, the student should then write a letter to Naomi Silver, Associate Director of Sweetland, detailing her/his objections and send it with both clean copies and original graded copies of all her/his written work for the course, and any other relevant work (e.g., new media assignments), to Michael Zakalik, Sweetland Center for Writing, 1310 North Quad, 1285 or zakalikm@umich.edu. These materials must be received before the end of the fifth week of classes in the first full term following the term in which the disputed grade was issued.

  3. Sweetland’s Associate Director requests written response from the Instructor
    Upon receipt of the written grade grievance, the Associate Director will ask the instructor to provide a written summary restating how the final grade was determined and to respond to the specific claims made by the student.

  4. Sweetland’s Associate Director reviews materials
    If the Associate Director determines there is insufficient evidence for the grade grievance, the matter is closed and the original grade stands.

    If the Associate Director determines that the objections presented by the student point to possible unfairness, she will recommend to the Director of the Sweetland Center for Writing that a Grade Grievance Committee be appointed. Such a committee normally will consist of the Associate Director, at least one other faculty member, and at least one undergraduate.

  5. Hearing with the Grade Grievance Committee, when necessary
    Within two weeks of the appointment of the Grade Grievance Committee, the committee will arrange a hearing at which both parties to the dispute will be asked to appear. No additional persons will be permitted at the hearing without the advance approval of the committee, which, if it agrees to such persons, will see to it that the same privileges are extended to both sides. Prior to this hearing, both the student filing the grade grievance and the respective instructor will be provided with copies of the written student complaint and the instructor’s summary.

    The purpose of the hearing will be to allow the committee to inform itself as fully as possible. The student will first be asked to present the basis of her/his complaint, the instructor will then be asked to explain how grades were determined, followed by an open period for questions to all parties.

  6. Grade Grievance Committee Decisions
    After the hearing, the Grade Grievance Committee will have ten University business days to arrive at a recommendation.

    If the committee decides that a grade change is not warranted, the Associate Director will inform the student and the instructor in writing and the matter is considered closed.

    If the committee recommends a grade change, the Associate Director will inform the instructor. The instructor will be asked to respond in writing within five University business days to the Associate Director indicating whether or not she/he will abide by the recommendation from the committee. If the instructor agrees to a grade change, the Associate Director will inform the student in writing of the instructor’s decision and the student’s final grade will be changed.

    If the instructor does not accept the recommendation to change the grade, the original grade stands. The Associate Director will inform the student in writing of this decision and the matter is considered closed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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