APPEAL OF GENERAL ACADEMIC MATTERS RELATED TO STUDENT PROGRAMS (OTHER THAN GRADE APPEALS)
- Graduate students holding admission with Non-degree status in the Graduate College,
admission with a Master's objective, or a Specialist's objective should appeal as follows:
- Initially, the appeal may be submitted to the student's advisor.
- If denied, the appeal may be submitted to the UNK departmental Graduate Program Chair or Director responsible for the
student's graduate program. The Student's Graduate Program Committee will meet to consider the appeal.
- If denied, the appeal may be made to the UNK Graduate Council. The appeal should be filed with the UNK Dean of Graduate
Studies and Research. Normally, this will be the final appeals body (for exceptions, see section IV).
- When a student's graduate program consists of registrations essentially or entirely on the UNK campus, the
UNK Graduate Council will constitute the appeal board. When a student's graduate program includes substantial registrations on a
campus other than the one administratively responsible for the program, three members of the Graduate Council for the other
campus will be designated by the Dean for Graduate Studies on that campus to augment the Graduate Council on the campus
administratively responsible for the program. In this case, the augmented Council will constitute the appeal board. The decision
concerning augmentation of a campus Graduate Council for a specific appeal involving registrations on a campus other than the one
administratively responsible for the student's program will be made by the Deans for Graduate Studies on the campuses involved.
- In all cases, appeals should be made in writing to the appropriate advisor, committee or council. In those
cases where the appeal concerns graduate-level qualifying exams, comprehensive exams or final oral exams, the following deadlines
must be observed. It is the responsibility of the student to make reasonable efforts to ascertain the results of the examination
within 30 days after its completion.
The initiation of the appeal, in writing, by the student must be filed within 30 days following the student's receipt of
notification of the evaluation. In those cases involving an appeal of termination of program, initiation of the appeal, in
writing, by the student must be filed within 30 days following the student's receipt of the official written notification by the
campus Office for Graduate Studies.
- There is no absolute right of appeal to the University of Nebraska Executive Graduate Council. The Executive Graduate
Council will accept appeals only in those cases where in the exercise of its sole discretion it shall first find that one or
more of the following grounds for accepting the appeal exist:
A decision by the Executive Graduate Council not to accept jurisdiction of an appeal shall be final and is not subject to
- That the campus Graduate Council has violated some element of fair procedure (example: has failed to allow the parties
concerned to present their cases fully to their campus Graduate Council);
- That the campus Graduate Council has failed to examine or give adequate weight to important evidence relevant to one
- That the campus Graduate Council has given undue weight to evidence not pertinent to the case; or
- That some gross miscarriage of justice would be perpetrated if the decision of the campus Graduate Council is allowed
- Appeals to the Executive Graduate Council must be made in writing to the University of Nebraska Office
of the Executive Vice President and Provost and must specifically outline the grounds for the appeal. Such appeal must be
made within 20 working days of the day the decision of the campus Graduate Council is received (working days shall not
include those days the University is not in session.)
- The Executive Council must make a decision to hear the appeal or not to hear the appeal within 30
working days after receipt of the appeal. Acceptance or denial of jurisdiction over the appeal will be made in writing.
- The decision of the Executive Graduate Council on the merits of the case will be made and transmitted to
the concerned parties within 40 working days after the decision to hear the appeal.
- No person who was a member of the department or campus Graduate Council involved in the case will be
eligible to participate in the decisions of the Executive Graduate Council either to decide whether the case should be heard
or to decide the merits of the case. However, the Dean for Graduate Studies may replace members of the Executive Graduate
Council not eligible for participation in the decision to hear the appeal or in the appeal itself.
22 Dec 2010