Note: Grade appeals go to the acting instructor Dr. Kim Littke Please do not send to eschelp and make sure and put the information I need in the subject line (detailed below). Follow this procedure as exactly as possible or I might not get the email in my priority box. Thanks.

Question: What is the ESRM100/ENVIR110 Grade Appeal Policy?
Grading quizzes, exams and projects fairly is a difficult job, and I fully realize mistakes will be made, as I have made some big ones in the past.  Please make sure and check over any grades given to you and ask me if there is a question of being assigned the correct grade. 

However, I also realize that it is unfair to give more credit that is warranted by the answer given.  In ESRM100/ENVIR110, requesting additional points isn't a fishing expedition, so you need to demonstrate to me that you actually did answer the question better than I thought.

The following policy applies to asking for more credit for any work done in the class:

1) You will become the "grader" for your answer. If there was a question on the exam, start by rewriting the full question and the possible answers. If it was a GoPost, start with restating your GoPost and the context it was written in. If it was a project, I'll need a copy of your work. If the question is about a volunteer project, and the confirmation of work is the problem, I'll need the organization, dates of work, and the name and email address or phone of the person that organized the volunteer project. 

2) First, don't base your appeal on comments you received and the grade that you previously received. You want to start fresh. Write down your SPECIFIC reasoning for a better grade. You should show how what you wrote is worth the grade you are asking for. Quote material from your work and show me how it is worth a very high grade. The grade another anonymous student may have received for their work cannot be used as part of your appeal for GoPosts and Projects. If you state that "friends" got higher grades for worse or similar material as part of your appeal, I will likely reject your appeal without reading it further. Arguing that the comments from the reviewer, which are likely to be very brief, and are only part of the basis for your grade, is also not going to get much traction. The job is your's to prove to me that the new grade you request is correct, not comments from others'. I want you to show me that by citing specific material in your work of extremely high quality and to demonstrate clearly how you deserve a higher grade. 

3) State exactly how many points you feel the answer deserved.  I will only give that amount of points or nothing.  You could break down specific parts of the answer by the amounts of point, with the total not exceeding the number of points for that question. In the case of an exam, you cannot receive full credit for a wrong answer, so don't ask for full credit if your answer wasn't correct. In the case of an exam, you absolutely will not receive full credit for something based on your opinion. References to information in the book, my online lectures, and other sources of published information can work.

4) For appeals of exam questions, please include all information in the body of an email. Do not include attached files for GoPosts. If appealing material that was submitted with attached files (i.e. reports), then include the original file.  For appeals of projects, only attach the project, and an email narrative why your project deserved the grade you are asking for. Put all justification for the increased grade in your email. Do not overreach. It is very difficult for a student to earn a nearly perfect grade. Remember that a 94% is a 4.0. It will be very hard to justify a grade higher than a 94% unless it is truly outstanding and you can demonstrate that to me. This is the University of Washington, and outstanding writing, ideas and assimilated material are the norm, and graded accordingly. If there is a grammatical mistake in your work that could have been corrected with a grammar checker (i.e. Microsoft Word), please don't appeal for an "A" grade, as I won't give it. Your opinion in your original submission is great, but unless you have substantial environmental science concepts in your work, it doesn't merit an "A" or even a "B" grade.

5) Do not combine appeals for multiple requirements (i.e. exams, projects, GoPosts, extra credit), in the same email.

Submit your reasoning by email with the subject heading "ESRM100 GradeAppeal-Exam3-your name-0000000."

For instance, "Exam3" would be for an exam3 appeal, use GoPost, etc. for the item you are appealing. "0000000" would be your student number


If your appeal includes showing that you actually did some work that isn't shown, then please follow a similar format, and include copies of all work previously submitted. For GoPosts, please don't attach any files, just put everything in the body of your email. That will help me a great deal in getting you the grade you earned. Thanks.