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Appeals – Form A (Re-Reads)

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What is a Form A Re-Read/Re-Assessment?

A Re-Read/Re-Assessment is when a student questions their grade or the assessment of their performance on a piece of work or a program component and alleges error in the academic assessment of their work on the part of an instructor or a committee.

In order to qualify for a re-read the piece of work or program component must be worth 10% or more of the final course grade.

Fee and Exclusions

There is a $50 fee to file a Form A Re-Read/Re-Assessment.

Master’s theses, doctoral theses, Ph.D. comprehensive examinations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), and supervisory committee reports are excluded from the re-read procedures.

Adjudication Process

The results of a re-read shall be considered in accordance with the Student Appeal Procedures.  

The results of a Re-Read are normally issued within 7 weeks.

The results of a Form A are final and cannot be appealed.


Adjudication Process

FOR ALL OF THE OTHER FACULTIES (in the absence of an established Faculty policy) the following shall apply:

A grade change (on the piece of work) of three (3) points or greater UP or DOWN on the McMaster twelve-point grading scale (grading scales – graduate and undergraduate), will result in a revision of the grade for the piece of work.  The course grade will recalculated accordingly.

For example:

  • a grade change (on the piece of work) UP would be a B to A, but not B to A-
  • a grade change (on the piece of work) DOWN would be B to C, but not B to C+

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