26 NSU STUDENT HANDBOOK 2022-23 school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff ); a person or company with whom the University has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using University employees or officials (such as commencement photographers, NSU Foundation, or consultants, an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. Per the Solomon Amendment, recruiting information is supplied upon request to U.S. military recruiters. Students may change information on their record if they can prove it is inaccurate. Grade changes are made at the request of the faculty member who gave the original grade and with the approval of the faculty chair. Student records, including admission records, are maintained under the supervision of the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. Academic records are maintained under the supervision of the Registrar. A complete copy of NSU Privacy Act Policies and Procedures is available on the Registrar’s Office website. SDBOR POLICY 2:9 - STUDENT APPEALS FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS 1. Purpose and Scope of Policy A. This policy governs academic disputes involving students. Such disputes most commonly arise as a result of student dissatisfaction with assigned grades, but students may also invoke the standards and procedures provided under this policy to challenge academic responses to instances involving alleged student academic misconduct or to challenge other decisions, justified on academic grounds, that affect their participation in or completion of university academic programs. 1) Students who wish to challenge disciplinary actions taken after findings of academic misconduct must proceed under Board Policy No. 3:4. B. The evaluation of students involves the exercise of professional judgment informed by prolonged and specialized training in an academic subject matter and by experience in presenting those techniques and knowledge to persons who may be unfamiliar with them. Deference should be given to judgments that reflect the academic standards accepted by the university as appropriate to the discipline involved in the dispute and for instruction in that discipline. No deference should be given to actions that do not embody accepted academic standards, particularly if the motive for such actions is unrelated to academic concerns. C. When a complaint presents facts that would suggest that the challenged action stemmed from conduct violating Board Policy No. 1:18 or 1:19, which prohibit sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination, the matter will be referred under Board Policy No. 1:18 to the institutional Title IX/EEO coordinator for investigation and resolution under those policies. No further action will be taken under Board Policy No. 2:9 pending the completion of proceedings under Board Policy No. 1:18. 1) If the Board Policy No. 1:18 proceedings result in findings that the academic action stemmed from prohibited discrimination, review under Board Policy No. 2:9 will resume to determine what remedial action is proper. 2) If the Board Policy No. 1:18 proceedings do not result in findings that the academic action stemmed from prohibited discrimination, the proceedings under Board Policy No. 2:9 shall be dismissed, unless there are other factors that may have independently been subject to challenge under this policy. Student Appeals for Academic Affairs 2:9 2. Timing and Substantive Conditions on Appeals A. Academic appeals may be brought only by students who were registered during the term in which the disputed action was taken.