Student Academic Appeal Process

Right of Appeal

University of Georgia students have the right to appeal academic decisions or to ask for an exception to a university rule or policy on an academic matter. 

Student Responsibilities in Appeals

The University Bulletin includes the following statement in its “General Academic Regulations and Information”: “Students are expected to be full participants in academic advising and thus to be both prepared and engaged in the advising experience. The academic landscape changes constantly, and although advisors can provide advice, each student is ultimately responsible for knowing and understanding the degree requirements and policies related to his/her own academic progress.”

IMPORTANT: Petitions based on a lack of knowledge of university requirements are rarely successful.

Route of Appeals

Appeals begin at the academic unit responsible for the decision. For example, grade appeals go to the instructor who assigned the grades; department requirements to the department; college requirements to the college; all university requirements to the Educational Affairs Committee. 

In the case of graduate students, appeals are routed to the Graduate School rather than the school or college.

An unfavorable ruling at one level can be appealed to the successive levels as defined in the Guidelines for Routing of Academic Appeals. An instructor 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 ruling can be appealed to the Educational Affairs Committee; and the Educational Affairs Committee ruling can be appealed to the President of the University.

The Educational Affairs Committee of the University Council considers students' petitions for all exceptions to university rules and policies (Academic Affairs Policy 4.05-01).

An appeal must be made within thirty days after receiving a written ruling (Academic Affairs Policy 4.05-03). However, all grade appeals must be initiated within one calendar year from the end of the term in which the grade was recorded.

The precise procedures for beginning an appeal may vary by the department or college. Students who have a matter they may wish to appeal should ask the department head or dean for information.   

Petitions Subcommittee of the Educational Affairs Committee

At the university level, appeals are considered by the Petitions Subcommittee of the Educational Affairs Committee (EAC) of the University Council. The Petitions Subcommittee is comprised of three faculty members from the EAC. The chair of EAC serves as the chair of the Petitions Subcommittee. The Office of the Vice President for Instruction provides administrative support for the EAC and the Subcommittee, and maintains records of the Subcommittee including student files and other pertinent materials.  

The EAC Petitions Subcommittee generally meets each month during the academic year.

Students wishing to file an appeal should carefully consult Instructions for Filing an Appeal.


IMPORTANT:  Excluded from these procedures is any allegation involving discrimination or harassment in violation of the University of Georgia’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Sexual Orientation Policy. Those matters shall be referred to the appropriate office as required by the applicable policy.