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Academic Policies

Dental Assisting - Appeals

Any student who wishes to appeal a course grade must first meet with the instructor concerned. If the instructor does not find a clerical or arithmetical error (the only reasons for which an instructor can change a permanent grade), the student may appeal the grade to the director of Allied Dental Education Programs and then to the dean. Students also may appeal decisions of the Academic Performance Committee. Students must submit such appeals in writing to the dean by no later than the last day of classes of the next succeeding regular semester. The dean will refer the appeal to the Administrative Board of the School of Dentistry for recommendation. The Administrative Board recommendations are advisory to the dean, who will render a decision following receipt of same. No change of grade or alteration of an Academic Performance Committee's decision will be made except as a result of the dean's decision, which is final. Students who have been dismissed are not allowed to attend school or treat patients while the appeals process is taking place.

The University's Policy on Prohibited Harassment and Discrimination ( prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of an individual's race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Appendix B of this Policy provides specific information for students who believe that they have been discriminated against or harassed on the basis of one or more of these protected classifications.

Students who want additional information regarding the University's process for investigating allegations of discrimination or harassment should contact the Equal Opportunity/ADA Office for assistance:

Equal Opportunity/ADA Office
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
100 E. Franklin Street, Unit 110
Campus Box 9160
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
Telephone: (919) 966-3576
Fax: (919) 962-2562

Any administrator or supervisor, including a department chair, associate dean or other administrator, who receives a student's complaint about prohibited harassment or discrimination must notify the Equal Opportunity/ADA Office within five (5) calendar days of receiving the complaint. If a student raises a claim of prohibited harassment or discrimination during an academic appeal, an investigation of the student's claim must be performed under the direction of the Equal Opportunity/ADA Office. The school or department must await the results of the harassment or discrimination investigation before deciding the student's academic appeal.

Last Modified: 12/05/2011