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Overview

University of Georgia students have the right to appeal academic decisions. Usually the appeal goes first to the unit responsible for the decision, for example, grades to the faculty members who assigned the grades; department requirements to the department; college or school requirements to the school; university requirements to the Educational Affairs Committee. An unfavorable ruling at one level can be appealed to the successive levels. A faculty decision can be appealed to the department; a department ruling can be appealed to the college in which the instructional unit is located; a college-level ruling can be appealed to the Educational Affairs Committee; the Educational Affairs Committee ruling can be appealed to the President of the University; and, except for grade appeals, the President's ruling can be appealed to the Board of Regents.

Additional details on appeals of academic matters, including special provisions for appeals in academic dishonesty cases, can be obtained from the Office of the Vice President for Instruction.

The Appeals tab above has a drop down menu which provides information on College of Education (COE) appeals pertaining to Grades, Admission to Undergraduate Majors, Department or College Curriculum Requirements, First Academic Dismissals, COE Appeals Procedures and Other Appeals which are handled by the UGA Educational Affairs Committee.

Grades

Any student, undergraduate or graduate, who believes that he or she received an incorrect or unfair grade due to factual error, improper or unprofessional bias, or evaluation different from the stated course objectives/criteria or other public criteria, may appeal the grade. Grades are appealed within the department and college in which they are earned, not in the department and college in which the student's major resides.

Exception: Grade appeals, when a grade of I (Incomplete) has lapsed to a grade of F, must go directly to the UGA Educational Affairs Committee. Please note that all grade appeals must be initiated within one calendar year from the end of the term in which the grade was recorded.

Appeal route for undergraduates:

  1. Instructor
  2. Department Head*
  3. COE Undergraduate Academic Appeals Committee*
  4. UGA Educational Affairs Committee*
  5. UGA President

Appeal route for graduates:

  1. Instructor
  2. Department Head*
  3. Dean's Office
  4. Graduate School
  5. UGA Educational Affairs Committee*
  6. UGA President
  7. Board of Regents

* Prior to review at each of these levels, the faculty member who assigned the student's final grade will receive a copy of the student's letter of appeal and be given the opportunity to provide a response for those reviewing the appeal.

Department or College Curriculum Requirements

Undergraduate curriculum requirements are readily available on the UGA Course Bulletin. Graduate curriculum requirements are available in each student's major department. Although academic advising is required of all students every semester, students are ultimately responsible for their knowledge of these requirements, their course registration, and their progress toward degrees. However, occasionally it may be appropriate for a department or college to waive one or more of its requirements for students on a case-by-case basis as it sees fit, most often when there are extenuating circumstances. Any student who feels he or she is deserving of a waiver of department or college requirements has the right to appeal. Requests to waive University curriculum requirements must go directly to the UGA Educational Affairs Committee, with the exception of the undergraduate Environmental Literacy requirement that can be appealed at the college level.

Undergraduates

Appeal route for department requirements:

  • Department Head
  • COE Undergraduate Academic Appeals Committee
  • UGA Educational Affairs Committee
  • UGA President
  • Board of Regents

Appeal route for college requirements:

  • COE Undergraduate Academic Appeals Committee
  • UGA Educational Affairs Committee
  • UGA President
  • Board of Regents

Graduates

Appeal route for department requirements:

  • Department Head
  • Dean's Office
  • Graduate School
  • UGA Educational Affairs Committee
  • UGA President
  • Board of Regents

Grad students have no college requirements.

Admission to Undergraduate Major

Many of the College's undergraduate majors are high demand. A high demand major is one which receives or expects to receive more applications from fully qualified students than the program can accommodate without endangering the quality of instruction offered. Sometimes departments are forced to reject fully qualified students due to these limitations, and there is nothing that can be done. Nevertheless, any student not admitted to his or her intended major does have the right to appeal the denial of admission to the major. Please note that appeals of this nature must be initiated no later than the midpoint of the spring or fall semester prior to the proposed date of admission.

Appeal route for Admission to Undergraduate Majors:

  1. Department Head
  2. COE Undergraduate Academic Appeals Committee
  3. UGA Educational Affairs Committee
  4. UGA President
  5. Board of Regents

First Academic Dismissal

Undergraduate students are subject to the retention standards listed in the UGA Course Bulletin. Students not meeting these standards may encounter academic probation and even academic dismissal. Upon the first academic dismissal, students may not re-enroll in the University until a full fall or spring semester has elapsed. In order to be readmitted to the University, students must file an appeal with the college in which the student's major resides no later than the midpoint of the spring or fall semester prior to the proposed semester of readmission.

Appeal route for first academic dismissal:

  1. COE Undergraduate Academic Appeals Committee
  2. UGA Educational Affairs Committee
  3. UGA President
  4. Board of Regents

Appeals for admission at second academic dismissal must go directly to the UGA Educational Affairs Committee.

COE Appeals Procedures

Preparing Appeals for the COE Undergraduate Academic Appeals Committee

Letters of appeal must be written by the student and should be addressed to:

COE Undergraduate Academic Appeals Committee c/o Director of Student Services 122 Aderhold Hall Athens, Georgia 30602

Include your complete name, 810 number, mailing address, and phone number. Also include any documentation (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) that will be helpful to the committee reviewing your appeal.

Students wishing to appear before the committee must include this request in the letter of appeal.

In most cases, the academic department will receive a copy of your letter and will be asked for a recommendation. Please contact that office if you wish to receive a copy of the recommendation.

Decisions made by the COE Undergraduate Academic Appeals Committee will be mailed to the student; no results will be delivered by phone, email, or fax.

Please call the Office of Student Services if you have questions concerning the appeals process.

Preparing Appeals for the UGA Educational Affairs Committee and Beyond

To learn more about filing an appeal to the UGA Educational Affairs Committee and beyond, please see the Office of the Vice President for Instruction website.

Other Appeals

The following appeals must go directly to the UGA Educational Affairs Committee:

  • Board of Regents' requirements
  • CPC requirements/deficiencies
  • Learning support
  • Area I of general education curriculum
  • United States and Georgia history and constitution requirements
  • Minimum of 120 semester hours for a baccalaureate degree
  • Minimum of 21 semester hours of upper-division major coursework
  • Minimum of 39 semester hours of upper-division coursework overall
  • Academic renewals
  • Learning disabilities
  • Grade appeals, when grade of I (Incomplete) has lapsed to F
  • University curriculum requirements, except environmental literacy
  • Second academic dismissal
  • Accuracy of student records
  • Posthumous degrees

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