Objection and appeals

OBJECTION

If you would like to submit an objection to a decision made by the Executive Board, then please submit a notice of objection with the Board. You can send it to the Executive Board, Attn: Administration Office, Ms A.M. van Donk, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam.

This involves decisions about:
•Tuition fees
•Financial aid on the basis of the Profile Fund Regulations
•Registration and enrolment
•Admission to the Bachelor's programme based on other degree certificates
•Selection and placement for degree programmes with a selection procedure
•A violation of the general rules and the rules of order

The notice of objection must be submitted within six weeks. A notice of objection should ideally be printed on one side only. Include a copy of the decision you object to and all other relevant correspondence.
Also include your email address.
You may also submit your notice of objection by email, in PDF format. A signature is required. Send it to [email protected].

Read more about the objection procedure.

APPEALS

If you disagree with the decision of an examiner (lecturer) or an Examination Board, a BSA Committee or an admissions committee for a Master’s programme, then you may submit a notice of appeal to the Examination Appeals Board. The address is: Examination Appeals Board, Attn: Ms A.M. van Donk, c/o Administration Office, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam.

This concerns for example:
•Passing the final examination
•Admission to examinations
•A university admissions test (colloquium doctum) and eliminating shortcomings
•A negative recommendation on continuation of studies
•Admission to Master's in Teaching programmes
•Admission to a Master’s programme

It also concerns decisions made by Examination Boards and examiners, such as:
•Decisions regarding approval or rejection of the selected subjects
•The refusal of an exemption
•Penalties

The notice of appeal must be submitted within six weeks. A form is available on VUnet which you can use to submit your notice of appeal electronically. Students of Medicine and the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam may not use this form. If you do not have access to the form or VUnet, please submit your notice of appeal in writing and sign it. A notice of appeal should ideally be printed single sided. Also include your email address.

You may also submit your notice of appeal by email, in PDF format. Email it to [email protected].

The Board will send an initial response via email.
Include a copy of the decision that you wish to appeal and enclose any documents that may be relevant to the assessment of the appeal, including any documents/documentary evidence/statements that you may have previously submitted to the Examination Board or the BSA committee.

Please note: you cannot appeal a particular grade (assessment). If the grade was not arrived at in a fair way, in your opinion, (e.g. not all partial grades were counted), then you can refer the case to the Examination Appeals Board.

Procedure for the Examination Appeals Board.
•Annual Report of the Examination Appeals Board (in Dutch).
•Decisions by the Examination Appeals Board (in Dutch).

Submit an appeal to the Higher Education Appeals Tribunal
If you disagree with the decision taken by the Executive Board regarding your objection or the decision reached by the Examination Appeals Board, then you can lodge a substantiated appeal within six weeks to the Higher Education Appeals Tribunal, P.O. Box 16137, 2500 BC The Hague.
A filing fee of €48 must be paid for the notice of appeal to be accepted for processing. This fee will be refunded to you if you are vindicated by the tribunal.
A notice of appeal must bear your signature. It is therefore not possible to submit a notice of appeal by email.
If you have any questions about how to submit an appeal to the Higher Education Appeals Tribunal, you can visit the website at www.cbho.nl.