The instructor of the course shall determine the grade to be awarded to each student.

The determination of the student's grade by the instructor is final in the absence of mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetence on the part of the instructor.

  • Mistake - may include, but is not limited to errors made by an instructor in calculating a student's grade and clerical errors.
  • Fraud - may include, but is not limited to, inaccurate recording or change of a grade by any person who gains access to grade records without authorization.
  • Bad Faith - may include, but is not limited, to a lack of honesty and trust; intent to deceive.
  • Incompetence - may include, but is not limited to, the instructor not possessing and demonstrating the necessary ability and skill to fulfill the instructor's duties and responsibilities set forth in job descriptions, course outlines, District policies, procedures, and regulations, and applicable laws.

The removal or change of an incorrect grade from a student's record shall be done pursuant to Education Code Section 76224, 76232 and Board Policy 6205 Student Grievance Procedure.

In the case of fraud, bad faith, or incompetence, the final determination concerning removal or change of grade will be made by the Vice President of Student Services and College Centers or his/her designee.

In all cases, the instructor who first awarded the grade will be given written notice of the change.

In the case of a change of grade decision, the Division Chair will consult with faculty within the discipline of the instructor who first awarded the grade to review student material and determine the final grade the student will earn.