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Office of General Counsel Policies & Guidelines

Appeals to the Chancellor and the Board : 1.02.11.00

Policy/Guideline Area

Governance, Organization, and General Policies

Applicable Divisions

TCATs, Community Colleges, System Office, Board Members

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to set the conditions and procedures for appeals to the Chancellor or Board.

Policy/Guideline

  1. Appeals to the Chancellor
    1. A student or employee of an institution under the authority of the Board of Regents may appeal a final decision of the president of an institution to the Chancellor, except for decisions resulting from a UAPA hearing.
    2. Appeals to the Chancellor shall be limited to alleged violations of state or federal law or institutional/board policy where the complainant has not filed a federal/state administrative appeal or a lawsuit in state or federal court.
    3. If, at any time during the pendency of the appeal, a complainant files a lawsuit or administrative action based on the same subject matter as the appeal, the appeal will be dismissed without further action.
    4. The following decisions will only be appealable if there is a violation of state or federal law alleged:
      1. Termination of executive, administrative, professional, clerical and support employees during or at the end of the initial probationary period or pursuant to the terms of the contract of employment;
      2. Non-renewal of a tenure-track faculty appointment during the first four years of the probationary period;
      3. Denial of tenure unaccompanied by notice of termination in the fifth year of the probationary period;
      4. Non-renewal of a temporary faculty appointment;
      5. Salary determinations;
      6. Student academic matters, e.g., grade appeals, failure to meet retention policies, etc.;
      7. Performance evaluations of faculty or staff; and
      8. Residency classification of students for tuition and fee purposes
    5. Appeals and supporting documents must be submitted in writing to the Chancellor within 20 calendar days following the date of the written decision by the president.
    6. The appeal must state the decision being appealed, the law and/or policy that is alleged to have been violated and the redress desired.
    7. The Chancellor shall review the decision based on the record developed at the institution. New evidence may only be submitted if there is good cause shown why the evidence was not previously submitted.
    8. The Chancellor may request a student or employee to appear and present arguments in support of an appeal.
    9. Complaints from students or prospective students regarding accreditation or violation of state or federal law may be submitted to the Chancellor's office for appropriate review and action, as required by 34 CFR 600.9(a))1).
    10. Any available institutional complaint procedure must be exhausted prior to consideration by the Chancellor or his/her designee.
  2. Appeals to the Board
    1. A student or employee who is dissatisfied with the decision of the Chancellor on their appeal may petition the Board of Regents for permission to appeal the decision of the Chancellor to the Board.
    2. The petition must be submitted in writing to the Secretary of the Board within 20 calendar days following the date of the Chancellor's written decision.
    3. The petition for appeal must present:
      1. A brief statement of the issues to be reviewed including a statement of the redress desired;
      2. A brief statement of the facts relevant to the issues to be reviewed, with appropriate reference to where such can be found in the record;
      3. A statement of applicable law/policy;
      4. A brief argument; and
      5. Citations of any applicable authorities, (such as policies, statutes, and cases).
    4. The petition for appeal must be limited to ten (10) pages, typed, doubled spaced, and on 8 1/2 X 11" paper.
    5. The appropriate standing committee of the Board shall review the decision of the Chancellor based on the record considered by the Chancellor. New evidence may only be submitted if good cause is shown why the evidence was not previously submitted. The committee shall determine whether the petition to appeal will be granted.
    6. The Board committee, in determining whether to grant an appeal, may consider the following:
      1. Whether Board policy or procedures have been followed;
      2. Whether or not there is material evidence to substantiate the decision appealed from; and/or
      3. Whether or not there has been a material error in the application of the law, which prima facie results in substantial injustice.
      4. The listing in 1 - 3 above is not exhaustive and, in the discretion of the Board committee, other factors may be considered.
    7. If the petition to appeal is granted, the committee shall hear the appeal at a subsequent regularly scheduled meeting of the committee and may request the person appealing to appear and present arguments on their behalf.
    8. The committee shall recommend action on the appeal to the Board of Regents. The decision of the Board shall be final and binding for all purposes.
  3. Record
    1. The record on an appeal to the Chancellor or Board shall consist of all relevant documents, statements, and other materials submitted by the person appealing and by the president of the institution involved.
    2. New evidence may only be submitted if good cause is shown for why the evidence was not submitted previously.
    3. If the appellant does not submit sufficient information to allow review of the decision being appealed, the Chancellor or the Board may require the person appealing to furnish any additional information that may be necessary.
  4. Standard of Review
    1. The following provisions shall govern the review by the Chancellor and Board of an appeal under this policy:
      1. A decision may be remanded for further consideration upon a finding that it was not made in accordance with applicable state or federal law or Board, institutional procedures; provided, however, that the decision should not be remanded if the procedural error was not material to the decision and therefore constituted harmless error;
      2. A decision may be modified or reversed only upon a finding that the decision constituted an abuse of discretion or was made in violation of applicable state or federal law or Board, institutional policies; provided, however, that the decision should not be modified or reversed if the violation of policy was not material to the decision and therefore constituted harmless error;
      3. A decision should be affirmed in the absence of a finding of abuse of discretion or material violation of applicable state or federal law or Board, institutional policies, or procedures.
    2. Notwithstanding any provision herein to the contrary, any decision may be remanded by the Chancellor or Board for a resolution of the matter which is mutually acceptable to the parties or which is, in the best judgment of the Chancellor or Board, a fair and equitable resolution.

Sources

Authority

T.C.A. § 49-8-203; All State and Federal statutes, codes, rules, and regulations referenced in this policy.

History

Board of Regents Bylaws, as amended; TBR Meeting September 30, 1983; TBR Meeting December 12, 1986; TBR Meeting March 17, 1989; TBR Meeting March 25, 1994; TBR Meeting June 24, 2011. Board apporved revision and name change on December 13, 2018.

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