The School of Architecture (SOA) adheres to the procedures for graduate student academic grievances stated in the Handbook of Operating Procedures.
While current graduate students have the right to file a grievance directly with the Graduate School, the SOA encourages graduate students to first attempt to informally resolve the grievance through the SOA process below.
This is the process for academic grievances other than grade disputes. For information about grade disputes, please see the grade dispute process.
First step | Graduate Adviser + GSC Chair
The student may bring the academic grievance in writing to the Graduate Adviser of their degree program.
The designated contacts for step one are:
Graduate Adviser for Architecture [ARC] – Kory Bieg
Graduate Adviser for Community and Regional Planning [CRP] – Bjørn Sletto
Graduate Adviser for Interior Design [ARI] – Clay Odom
Graduate Adviser for Landscape Architecture [LAR] – Phoebe Lickwar
The Graduate Adviser will include the Graduate Studies Chair (GSC Chair) in the academic grievance review.
The Graduate Adviser has the discretion to review the academic grievance in person or consider only written materials. The Graduate Adviser may require additional information as necessary.
If the academic grievance remains unresolved, the student has the option to initiate the second step of the SOA academic grievance process.
Second step | Program Director + Assistant and Associate Deans
The student may bring the academic grievance in writing to the Program Director of their degree program.
The designated contacts for step two are:
Program Director for Architecture [ARC] – Uli Dangel
Program Director for in Community and Regional Planning [CRP] – Liz Mueller
Program Director for Interior Design [ARI] – Igor Siddiqui
Program Director for Landscape Architecture [LAR] – Hope Hasbrouck
The Program Director will include the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the academic grievance review.
The Program Director has the discretion to review the academic grievance in person or consider only written materials. The Program Director may require additional information as necessary.
If the academic grievance remains unresolved, the student may bring the academic grievance to the Dean of the School of Architecture.
Third step | Dean
Students may submit the academic grievance to the Dean of the School of Architecture in writing and include supporting documentation:
Explanation of what occurred
All applicable correspondence
Correspondence indicating the academic grievance remains unresolved at the lower levels
Timeline of events relevant to the academic grievance
Copy of university regulation (if applicable)
Any other documentation supporting the academic grievance
The Dean will review the documents and may contact the student to obtain additional information.
Once the review is complete, the Dean will notify the student of their recommendation.
Fourth step | Graduate School
If the grievance remains unresolved at the SOA, students may begin the formal grievance process with the Graduate School.
For more information about academic grievances, students may contact the Office of the Student Ombuds.