Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Due Process (Appeals)

Due process in higher education refers to the provision of a fair and just opportunity for students to explain and defend their actions against charges of misconduct or to challenge decisions made on their behalf with regard to university and/or program admission, retention, suspension, or dismissal decisions. In essence, due process provides the student with an established course of action and proceedings designed to safeguard his or her rights.

Academic Appeal Process for Decisions Rendered by the Graduate Counseling Coordinating Committee:

Students retain the right to appeal any decisions rendered by the GCCC related to (a) ethical issues or legal issues; (b) admission, retention, suspension, or dismissal issues; (c) issues pertaining to the SOSU Student Code of Conduct; (d) issues pertaining to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Student Handbook and Policies and Procedures Manual; or (e) issues uncovered in ongoing student progress review meetings. Students have one (1) calendar year (from the date the student is notified in writing) to appeal any decisions rendered by the GCCC, or the decision of the committee will stand. The preferred steps of appeal are as follows:

  • It is recommended that the student first discuss his or her concerns with the Chairperson of the GCCC.
  • If satisfactory resolution is not found with the Chairperson of the GCCC, it is recommended that the student discuss his or her concerns with the Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences.
  • If satisfactory resolution is not found with the Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences, it is recommended that the student discuss his or her concerns with the Executive Dean for Academic Affairs.
  • If satisfactory resolution is not found with the Executive Dean for Academic Affairs, it is recommended that the student file a formal appeal through the School of Graduate and University Studies.

If a student believes that he or she has a conflict of interest with regard to any of the parties outlined in the above four-step process, he or she may bypass that step in the review process. It should be noted that though discouraged, students always retain the right to appeal directly to the School of Graduate and University Studies without first speaking with any of the parties in the aforementioned preferred appeal process.

Student Grade Appeals:

If a student receives a grade in any graduate course that he or she feels is unfair, biased, or in contravention of the requirements stipulated in the syllabus for that course, he or she has the right to appeal said grade. Please note that students may not appeal any tests, papers, assignments, etc., during the tenure of a course. They may only appeal the final grade, which may be based on a particular test, paper, assignment, etc., once grades have been posted to the student’s transcript. Students have one (1) calendar year from the date the final grade is posted to appeal a course grade. The preferred steps of a grade appeal are as follows:

  • It is recommended that the student first discuss his or her concerns with the faculty member who assigned the grade.
  • If satisfactory resolution is not found with the faculty member who assigned the grade, it is recommended that the student discuss his or her concerns with the Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences.
  • If satisfactory resolution is not found with the Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences, it is recommended that the student discuss his or her concerns with the Executive Dean for Academic Affairs.
  • If satisfactory resolution is not found with the Executive Dean for Academic Affairs, it is recommended that the student file a formal grade appeal through the School of Graduate and University Studies.

If a student believes that he or she has a conflict of interest with regard to any of the parties outlined in the above four-step process, he or she may bypass that step in the review process. It should be noted that though discouraged, students always retain the right to appeal a grade directly to the School of Graduate and University Studies without first speaking with any of the parties in the aforementioned preferred appeal process.