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 department that offered 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 be submitted to gradassociatedean@uga.edu.

The Appeals Committee hears the following appeals from students: admission decision appeals; dismissal appeals; grade appeals; denials of a request for a change in degree objective; denials of extension of time; and appeals regarding the Continuous Enrollment Policy. The committee also hears appeals from faculty regarding appointment, reappointment, removal, or revocation of Graduate Faculty Status.

During the appeals hearing, each party (appellant and respondent) has a maximum of 10 minutes to present their case. The Appeals Committee then meets to discuss the case and renders a decision.

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 decision 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

Students appealing grades must first contact the instructor of a course to appeal a final course grade. 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. Please note that students can only appeal final course grades. 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. The Appeals Committee of the Graduate Council does not hear grade appeals from professional programs. Appeals involving hardship withdraws and Incompletes (I’s) converting to F’s are heard by the Educational Affairs Committee, not the Appeals Committee. 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 body considers appeals of grades received during a course (e.g. exams) and Programs of Study.

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