Student Objection Advisory Committee

The Erasmus University has set up a Student Objection Advisory Committee (hereinafter: GAS). A (prospective and former) student can submit a written objection against decisions taken by or on behalf of the Executive Board, against which no appeal is possible with the Examination Appeals Board (hereinafter: CBE). This may include the following decisions (note: this list is not exhaustive!):

  • Decisions regarding enrollment, deregistration and tuition fees;
  • Decisions regarding Student Financial Support (art. 7.51 WHW);
  • Measures such as denial of access to buildings or sites and the facilities of the EUR or deregistration (art. 7.57h WHW);
  • Termination or refusal of enrollment based on art. 7.42a WHW: the Iudicium Abeundi;
  • Decisions regarding the issue of a certificate, with regard to the statement from the Executive Board that the procedural requirements for issue have been met (art. 7:11 paragraph 2 WHW).

The GAS consists of at least three members, one of which is chairman and one lawyer. The members of the GAS are in no way involved in the objection or parties. In addition, the GAS is assisted by a secretary who will observe the instructions of the chairman in the performance of the activities.

The GAS has the task of advising the Executive Board in response to the notice of objection that has been submitted. The Executive Board will ultimately take the decision on the objection.

A hearing will take place during the procedure. The parties will be given the opportunity to present their positions one last time during this session. Further regulations with regard to the hearing can be found in the Student Arbitration Committee regulation.

Urgency

In the event of immediate urgency, the person concerned can submit a request to that effect. The chairman will then assess within one week of receipt of the request in question whether there is an urgency and inform the person concerned and the Executive Board of this as soon as possible. If it has been established that there is an urgency, the Executive Board will take a decision on the objection within four weeks of receipt of the objection by the GAS.

Decision on objection

You and any other parties involved will receive written notification of the decision on the objection. If the decision on the objection deviates from the advice given by the GAS, this will be motivated in the decision. If the decision does not deviate from the advice, you can find the motivation in the content of the GAS advice. When deciding on an objection, it is stated where you can lodge an appeal.

The rules regarding objections and appeals against a decision of an administrative body are contained in the General Administrative Law Act and the Student Arbitration Committee regulation.

A (prospective and former) student can submit a written objection to the Student Objection Advisory Committee (GAS) against decisions taken by or on behalf of the Executive Board (hereafter: Executive Board), against which no appeal can be lodged with the Examination Appeals Board. The GAS handles the objections and advises the Executive Board about the decision to be taken on the objection.

The GAS is bound by the rules arising from the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act (WHW). Article 7.63a of the WHW lays down when it is possible to lodge an objection with the GAS. You can lodge an objection with the GAS with regard to decisions other than the decisions referred to in Article 7.61 WHW or the lack thereof.

Some examples of this are (note: this list is not exhaustive!):

  • Decisions regarding enrollment, deregistration and tuition fees;
  • Decisions regarding the Financial Support for Students (art. 7.51 WHW);
  • Measures such as denial of access to buildings or sites and the facilities of the EUR or deregistration (art. 7.57h WHW);
  • Termination or refusal of registration on the basis of art. 7.42a WHW: the Iudicium Abeundi;
  • Decisions regarding the issue of a certificate, regarding the statement by the Executive Board that the procedural requirements for issue have been met (Article 7:11 paragraph 2 WHW).

The notice of objection can be submitted to the GAS, by emailing to gas@eur.nl, or at Legal Protection, by emailing: legal.protection@eur.nl.

You can submit your objection by post to the EUR Legal Protection Facility, room A1-53, PO Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam.

A decision always states the period within which you must lodge an objection. In general, the period is six weeks and starts on the day after the day of the announcement of the decision.

If you do not submit your notice of objection in time, you must provide the objection with reasons for exceeding the term.

It is important that you submit your letter of objection on time, otherwise you run the risk that your letter of objection will be declared inadmissible.

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address
  • Student number
  • Education
  • Faculty
  • Disputed decision
  • Grounds of appeal

It is possible to lodge an objection if there has been a violation of a generally binding regulation, such as the Education and Examination Regulations (OER) of the degree program, or the Rules and Guidelines of the Examination Board. It is also possible to appeal against a decision that is contrary to the general principles of good administration. Some of those principles are:

  • Principle of trust
  • Principle of equality
  • Due Diligence Principle
  • Justification Principle
  • Legal certainty Principle

The grounds for objection are the substantiation of your letter of objection.

If you do not agree with the decision on the objection by the Executive Board, you can appeal to the Higher  Education Appeals Tribunal (CBHO) within six weeks after the decision has been taken. For more information about that procedure, please visit the following website: https://www.cbho.nl/.

You can authorize someone in writing to carry out the case for you. This authorization must be dated and signed by yourself and the person you authorize. All correspondence will then go through the authorized representative.

After you have submitted your notice of objection, the GAS will forward it to the body that made the decision. The GAS will request that body to attempt to reach an amicable settlement or to submit a statement of defense within two weeks. If a settlement has not been reached and a statement of defense has been submitted, that statement of defense will be submitted to you. You can then decide on the basis of the statement of defense whether you wish to continue or withdraw your objection.

If you choose to pursue your objection, a hearing will be scheduled. During this hearing, the GAS (consisting of three members), the defendant (the body that made the decision) and you will be present. You will be given the opportunity to explain your objection in more detail.

After this hearing, the GAS will issue a recommendation to the Executive Board, after which the Executive Board will make a decision on the objection.

Contact

Email address
gas@eur.nl

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