If you disagree with a grade you have received:
- You must first attempt to settle the dispute informally through discussions with the instructor.
- You may include the MBA Program Director, the campus student Ombudsperson, or another mutually accepted third party to mediate the dispute informally.
If you are unable to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution with the instructor informally, you may pursue a formal grievance process:
- You must initiate the formal grievance process within one calendar year of the last day of the semester in which the course in question was taken.
- You must present your case in writing to the Haas School’s Senior Assistant Dean for Instruction
- An ad hoc Grievance Committee composed of faculty members and students will be convened to review the case.
If you or the instructor chooses to appeal the decision of the ad hoc committee, the case can be sent for review to the Committee on Courses of Instruction (COCI), a standing committee of the Berkeley Academic Senate. COCI has the final authority to uphold or overturn the grade.
Both Haas and COCI consider grades to be a matter of academic judgment and subject to grievance only on the basis of the following grounds:
- Application of non-academic criteria, such as: considerations of race, politics, religion, sex, or other criteria not directly reflective of performance related to course requirements
- Sexual harassment
- Improper academic procedures that unfairly affect a student's grade