[TACRAO] Listserv Revoking a degree

Jeff Rhodes rhodesjh at utpa.edu
Wed Jun 12 14:03:10 CDT 2013

Jerry, it would have to be a pretty big error to rescind the degree if it was on our part.  How long ago did this occur? Did the error put them above a 2.0 (or the minimum required GPA)?  Was it an honest mistake?  Or was there some kind of fraud or academic misconduct involved?  How did it come to our attention?

For a single grade error, we would most likely let it go and document that we chose to take that action and leave the degree posted.

THEN, we would fully assess our end-of-semester process to figure out where we went wrong so we can fix it.

Short answer - penalizing the student for our error is an invitation to get sued.


Jeff Rhodes, Ed.D.
University Registrar
University of Texas-Pan American
1201 West University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539

"If you don't like change, you'll like irrelevance even less."
-Author Unknown

From: tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu [mailto:tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu] On Behalf Of Jerry Martinez
Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 1:56 PM
To: tacrao at tamuc.edu
Subject: [TACRAO] Listserv Revoking a degree


If it was discovered that there was an administrative error (incorrect grade) that resulted in a student being certified for a degree, what process do you have in place to retract/revoke their degree?

Do you even consider retracting the degree?

Things to consider?

You can reply to me directly at jerry.martinez at utb.edu<mailto:jerry.martinez at utb.edu> if you feel more comfortable. :)


Jerry Martinez
Assistant Registrar
Office of the Registrar
Tandy 105
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, Texas 78520
T: 956-882-7578 | F: 956-882-8832
jerry.martinez at utb.edu<mailto:jerry.martinez at utb.edu>

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