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Disagreeing with a decision

Do you disagree with a decision made by Leiden University, for example by a Board of Examiners or the Executive Board? You are entitled to dispute a decision. Read through the procedures carefully and make sure to lodge your appeal or objection with the right body.

This page provides information on what you can do if you disagree with a decision made by Leiden University. Please note that other procedures are in place if you feel you have been subjected to undesirable behaviour or improper treatment by a staff member or fellow student of Leiden University.

Other procedures also apply for complaints about academic integrity

Disagreeing with a study-related decision

You can turn to the Examination Appeals Board if you want to dispute a decision concerning: 

  • negative BSA; 
  • refusal of admission to a study programme, tests or exams; 
  • a decision made by examiners or a Board of Examiners (exemptions, assessments, plagiarism or fraud). 

You can dispute a decision by lodging an appeal with the Examination Appeals Board. This must be done within six weeks of the date of issue of the decision in question. 


Lodging an appeal

You should mention at least the following in your appeal: 

  • your name, address and telephone number; 
  • the date on which you are lodging the appeal; 
  • a clear description of the decision against which you are appealing; 
  • your reason(s) for believing the decision is not justified. 

Make sure to sign your letter of appeal and send it, accompanied by a copy of the decision in question, to: 

Leiden University 
Examination Appeals Board 
Postbus 9500 
2300 RA Leiden.  

You can find more information about the appeals procedure, the 'Regulations of the Examination Appeals Board' and a brochure about the Examination Appeals Board in our organisational structure

If you are still unsure what to do after reading this information please contact a Student Counsellor


Disagreeing with the outcome

If you disagree with the Examination Appeals Board’s decision you can appeal against it to the Appeals Tribunal for Higher Education.  
Note: you can only appeal to the Appeals Tribunal for Higher Educations after you have been through an appeals procedure with the Examination Appeals Board.

Disagreeing with other types of decision

You can turn to the Appeals and Objections Committee if you want to dispute a decision concerning: 

•    (termination of) your student registration;
•    registration of academic delay; 
•    allocation of scholarships or financial support for board membership duties. 

You can dispute a decision by lodging an objection with the Executive Board. This must be done within six weeks of the date of issue of the decision in question. The Appeals and Objections Committee will then provide the Executive Board with advice on your objection. 


Lodging an objection

You should mention at least the following in your objection: 

  • your name, address and telephone number; 
  • the date on which you are lodging the objection; 
  • a clear description of the decision against which you are objecting; 
  • your reason(s) for believing the decision is not justified. 

Make sure to sign your letter of objection and send it, accompanied by a copy of the decision in question, to: 

Leiden University
Appeals and Objections Committee 
Postbus 9500 
2300 RA Leiden

For more information about the regulations of the Appeals and Objections Committee see our organisational structure

If you are still unsure what to do after reading this information please contact a Student Counsellor


Disagreeing with the outcome

If you disagree with the Executive Board’s decision on your objection you can appeal against it to the Appeals Tribunal for Higher Education.  

Note: you can only appeal to the Appeals Tribunal for Higher Educations after you have been through the objections procedure.