Student Appeals & Grievances

The following are the LIM College procedures for student appeals and grievances:

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Accommodations

All grievances concerning ADA accommodations should be directed to the Disability Services Specialist in the Office of Counseling & Wellness Services. You can find the specific details about the grievance procedure for students with disabilities in the Disability Services Handbook.

Grade Appeals

 It is the instructor’s prerogative to evaluate student work and assign grades in accordance with his or her academic and professional judgment. Grounds to appeal a final grade include, but are not limited to: (a) the application of nonacademic criteria in the grading process, (b) sexual harassment, (c) evaluation of student work by criteria not directly reflective of performance relative to course requirements, or (d) a miscalculation of the grade according to information contained in the course syllabus or other posted or distributed course information. For specific steps to follow to dispute the final grade assigned, please see the College catalog.

 Housing Fee/Charge Appeal

A student wishing to appeal housing charges must submit their written appeal to the Director of Housing or their designee. A Housing Appeals Committee will review the appeal and make a determination. The Housing Appeals Committee has wide latitude to research and ask for additional information. The committee’s decision may not be appealed. For specific procedures and timelines for filing a Housing Fee/Charge Appeal, please contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life at 1760 Third Avenue.

Student Code of Conduct Appeals

Students found responsible by a Disciplinary Hearing Board (DHB) or a Disciplinary Hearing Officer of violating the LIM College Student Code of Conduct are entitled to one appeal. An explanation of the appeal process can be found in the LIM College Student Code of Conduct under Section V (5) The Student Code of Conduct is printed in the LIM College Student Handbook and is also available on-line. The appeal process is outlined in the letter sent to a student who has been found responsible of violating the LIM College Student Code of Conduct.

Title IX

It is the policy of LIM College to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment and sexual violence, in the College’s educational programs and activities. Title IX also prohibits intimidation, coercion or retaliation against individuals for engaging in activities protected by Title IX including asserting claims of sex discrimination.

LIM College has a designated Interim Title IX Coordinator for Students, Thomas McDonald, Special Assistant to the Provost & Executive Vice President, whose office is located at 216 East 45th Street (Maxwell Hall) on the 8th Floor. He can be reached via phone at 212-310-0616 or x474 and via email at The College also has a designated Title IX Coordinator for Employees, Andrea L. Granville, Director of Human Resources, whose office is located at 12 East 53rd Street (The Townhouse) on the 3rd Floor. She can be reached via phone at 212-310-0628 or x310 and via email at Title IX complaints, grievances or inquiries concerning Title IX may be directed to the appropriate Title IX Coordinator. A person may also file a written complaint with the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights regarding an alleged violation of Title IX by visiting or calling 1-800-421-3481.

Internship or Senior Co-op Appeal prior to the Issuance of a grade

When a student is unable to resolve an issue about a grade in a internship with a member of the Department of Experiential Education & Career Management or the faculty of records, the student may appeal the decision. This appeal is only available to students who have disputes concerning the internship portion of their internship grade, not the in class academic portion. In cases where a grade as already been submitted, the student must file a “Grade Dispute.”

Students wishing to file a Work Project of Senior Co-op Appeal must go the Department of Experiential Education & Career Management and obtain an appeal form and submit the information required by the deadline noted on the form.

Academic Integrity Policy

The LIM College Academic Integrity Policy which includes sanctions for cheating and plagiarism can be found in the College Catalog. Any questions concerning the Policy should be directed to your department academic chair or the Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs.

Financial Aid Appeals

Federal regulations require students to make satisfactory progress toward a degree in order to receive any federal student aid. Satisfactory progress is measured by qualitative as well as quantitative standards. Additional information is available online. Please direct all questions regarding financial aid appeals to the Office of Student Financial Services.

Academic criteria for New York State awards

To receive New York State-sponsored grants a student must be in good academic standing. For financial aid purposes, good academic standing consists of two components: Pursuit of Program and Satisfactory Academic Progress. More information is available online. Direct all questions regarding New York State awards to the Office of Student Financial Services.

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