I:02:02 Appeals and Appearances before the Board

I. APPEALS TO THE CHANCELLOR

Pursuant to Tennessee Board of Regents Policy I:02:11:00 Appeals and Appearances Before the Board, a student or employee of Middle Tennessee State University ("the Institution") may appeal a final decision of the President to the Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents ("the Chancellor"). Appeals to the Chancellor shall be limited to alleged violations of state or federal law and/or violations of institutional or Board policies or procedures. TUAPA hearings as outlined in TBR Policy 1:06:00:05 Uniform Procedures for Cases Subject to the TUAPA are not appealable to the Chancellor. Unless there is a violation of state or federal law under the limitations described above, decisions which are not appealable shall include, but will not be limited to:

A. 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;

B. Non-renewal of a tenure-track faculty appointment during the first four years of the probationary period;

C. Denial of tenure unaccompanied by notice of termination in the fifth year of the probationary period;

D. Non-renewal of a temporary faculty appointment;

E. Salary determinations;

F. Student academic matters, e.g., grade appeals, failure to meet retention policies, etc.;

G. Performance evaluations of faculty or staff; and

H. Residency classification of students for tuition and fee purposes.

Appeals and supporting documents must be submitted in writing to the Chancellor within 20 calendar days following the date of a written decision by the President. The appeal must state the decision being appealed, the law and/or policy which is alleged to have been violated and the redress desired. The Chancellor shall review the decision on the basis of the record developed at Institution, with any new evidence which for good cause shown was not previously considered. The Chancellor may request a student or employee to appear and present arguments in support of an appeal.

II. APPEALS TO THE BOARD

A student or employee who is dissatisfied with the decision of the Chancellor on his or her appeal may petition the Board of Regents ("the Board") for permission to appeal the decision of the Chancellor to the Board. 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.

The petition for appeal must present:

A. A brief statement of the issues to be reviewed including a statement of the redress desired;

B. 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;

C. A statement of applicable law/policy;

D. A brief argument; and

E. Citations of any applicable authorities such as policies, statutes and cases.

The appropriate standing committee of the Board shall review the decision of the Chancellor on the basis of the record submitted to the Chancellor, with any new evidence which for good cause shown was not previously considered, and determine whether the petition to appeal will be granted.

The Board committee, in determining whether to grant an appeal, may consider the following:

A. Whether Board policy or procedures have been followed:

B. Whether or not there is material evidence to substantiate the decision appealed from; and

C. Whether or not there has been a material error in the application of the law which prima facie results in substantial injustice.

The listing above is not exhaustive and, in the discretion of the Board committee, other considerations may be taken into account.

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 his or her behalf. The committee shall recommend action on the appeal to the Board. The decision of the Board shall be final and binding for all purposes.

III. RECORD

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. In the event that the person appealing 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 additional information which may be necessary.

IV. STANDARD OF REVIEW

The following provisions shall govern the review by the Chancellor and Board of an appeal under this policy:

A. 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 or Institutional policies; provided, however, that the decision should not be remanded if the procedural error was not material to the decision and therefore constituted harmless error;

B. 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 or 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;

C. 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 or institutional policies or procedures.

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.

V. APPEARANCES BEFORE THE BOARD ON NON-APPEALABLE ISSUES 

Individuals may be allowed to address a committee of the Board concerning issues which are not appealable but which are of broad concern to an institutional community. Such appearances must be approved by the Chancellor or the Chairman of the appropriate Board committee prior to being placed on a committee agenda. Notwithstanding, the Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Board may authorize appearances before the Board on any matter deemed appropriate for Board consideration. Requests for approval to appear before the Board shall be submitted to the Chancellor 20 calendar days prior to the date that the committee is next scheduled to meet.

Revisions: March 23, 1987; June 10, 2011.

Cross-References: TBR Policy 1:02:11:00 Appeals and Appearances before the Board; TBR Policy 1:06:00:05 Uniform Procedures for Cases Subject to TUAPA.