Appeals

University of Georgia students have the right to appeal certain academic decisions. The appeals process starts at the unit responsible for the decision (ex. grades will start with the instructor of the course). For most appeals, an unfavorable ruling at one level can be appealed to the successive level. All appeals are heard by the Appeals Committee of the Graduate Council. The appellant must submit a letter of appeal. Appellants are also allowed to submit up to 10 pages of supporting documentation beyond the appeal letter. Appellants do not need to submit any documentation that is already in their file at the Graduate School. Appeal letters, supporting documentation, and questions about the appeals process should submitted to gradassociatedean@uga.edu.

The Appeals Committee hears the following appeals from students: admission decision appeals; dismissal appeals; grade appeals; denials of request for a change in degree objective; denials of extension of time; and appeals regarding the Continuous Enrollment Policy. Below are the most common types of appeals heard by the Committee.

Admission Decision Appeals

Appeals of admissions decisions must first be made to the applicant’s intended department. After the department has rendered a decision, the student has 30 days to initiate their appeal at the Graduate School. Decisions made by the Appeals Committee regarding admissions decisions are final. There is no higher level the applicant can submit an appeal to.

Dismissal Decision

There are two types of dismissal appeals: departmental dismissals and Graduate School dismissals. Students wishing to appeal a departmental dismissal must first appeal to their department and then their college. After an unfavorable decision at the college level, the student has 30 days to contact the Graduate School to initiate their appeal. Students dismissed by the Graduate School must appeal to the Graduate School first. Dismissal appeals decisions made by the Appeals Committee can be appealed to the Educational Affairs Committee of the University Council.

Grade Appeals

Please note that students can only appeal final course grades. Students appealing grades must first contact the instructor of the course. If the student receives an unfavorable decision, the student can then appeal to the department in which the course is housed, using procedures established by the requisite school or college. If the student is given an unfavorable decision from the department, the student can then appeal to the college. After the decision at the college level, the student has 30 days to initiate their appeal to the Graduate School. Grade appeal decisions made by the Appeals Committee can be appealed to the Educational Affairs Committee of the University Council.

The Appeals Committee of the Graduate Council does not hear grade appeals from professional programs. Appeals involving hardship withdrawals and Incompletes (I’s) converting to F’s do not come through the Graduate School, but are heard by the Educational Affairs Committee of the University Council.. To contact the Educational Affairs Committee, please email ovpiappeals@uga.edu. For questions regarding appeals heard by the Educational Affairs Committee, please visit https://curriculumsystems.uga.edu/committees/educational-affairs-committee.

Neither grades received during a course nor Programs of Study can be appealed.