Appeals Process for Transfer Credit

Student may appeal transfer credits applied at the time of admission by following the procedures outlined below. Only when all UNLV transfer credit appeals procedures have been completed may a student file a Request for Review with the NSHE Transfer Ombudsperson.

Step 1: Advisor-initiated TES or TCE Review

A student may request that an academic advisor submit a transfer course for equivalency review by an academic department or by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Requests must be submitted by an academic advisor in the Transfer Equivalency System (TES) for transfer courses from domestic institutions or using the Transfer Course Equivalency (TCE) form for transfer courses from international institutions. If the requested equivalency is an existing, specific UNLV course, the request should be submitted to the academic department that offers the course. If the requested equivalency is a UNLV General Education requirement (e.g., Humanities, Multicultural, etc.), the request should be submitted to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. The reviewing department or Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education may approve the equivalency, deny it, or request additional information. If the equivalency is denied, the reviewing department or Vice Provost must provide a written explanation for the denial. The academic advisor is responsible for communicating the outcome of the equivalency review to the student.

Step 2: Faculty Senate Petitions

If a student’s request for equivalency is denied at the department or Vice Provost level, a student may file a petition with the appropriate Faculty Senate committee. For transfer courses the student wishes to apply to major degree requirements, petitions should be submitted to the Faculty Senate Academic Standards Committee. For courses the student wishes to apply to General Education requirements, petitions should be submitted to the Faculty Senate General Education Committee. Students should complete the General Petition form for both types of petitions. The student must provide a written justification for why the department or Vice Provost’s decision is being appealed. The petition form must be complete and signed, with indication of approval or disapproval, by the student’s academic advisor, department chair or designee, and Dean or designee. Incomplete petitions will not be accepted. The student must submit the completed petition form, along with any supporting documentation (e.g., course syllabus) to his/her academic advising center. Advising staff will route the petition through the department and Dean’s offices for signatures and submit the signed petition to the Faculty Senate Office on behalf of the student. The Faculty Senate Office will assign the petition to the appropriate committee for review. Students will be notified of the committee’s decision, and approved petitions will be submitted by the Faculty Senate Office to the Office of the Registrar for processing and updating of the student’s degree audit.