What kind of appeals can be lodged with the Executive Board?
You can appeal a decision of the Executive Board relating to:
- Enrolment (enrolling or terminating enrolment)
- Payment of, exemption from, reduction or refund of tuition fees
- Financial assistance for graduation
- Management participation grant
- The issuing of a diploma
- Measures taken to bar access to the institution’s buildings or premises
- The possibility of completing your programme after it has been terminated
- Decentralised selection for programmes subject to quotas
You can also lodge a notice of objection if the Executive Board takes too long or fails to take a decision. In that case, you must submit a notice of objection within a reasonable period: around four to eight weeks after the decision deadline has passed. The decision deadline is a maximum of eight weeks.
Who can submit a notice of objection?
You can submit a notice of objection if you are directly involved in the matter. An interested party is anyone whose interests are directly affected by the decisions mentioned above.
On what grounds can you object?
- The decision contravenes a generally binding regulation (e.g. the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act [ Wet op het Hoger Onderwijs en Wetenschappelijk onderzoek] or the regulations governing student financial assistance.
- There has been an abuse of power in reaching the decision.
- The decision-making process was unreasonable.
- The decision contravenes another principle of good governance.
What is the deadline for submitting an objection?
You must submit your notice of objection within six weeks of the day on which the decision was announced. If you submit your notice of objection late, it can only be processed if you have proper grounds for late submission. Being on holiday does not constitute proper grounds.
It is possible to submit a provisional notice of objection. You can do this, for example, if you have decided to submit a notice of objection after all, but the deadline for objecting has almost passed. In a provisional notice of objection, you indicate that you would like to lodge an objection, include details of the decision to which you are objecting, but do not yet state the grounds for your objection. This is a good way of making sure that you do not miss the deadline for lodging an objection. The Executive Board will then give you a deadline for submitting the grounds of your objection.
What does the procedure cost?
The procedure is free of charge.
If you are considering submitting a notice of objection to the Executive Board, click here for details of the procedure.