Student Appeal Procedures

There are several types of student appeals at Eastern Florida State College. Check below for information and procedures for each type. In any appeal, the burden of persuasion lies with the student, as the original result(s) shall be presumptively reasonable and appropriate. In the event a student has been trespassed from college property, any appeals will be processed in accordance with EFSC Procedure 201.7.


Code of Conduct Appeals


The process for Student Code of Conduct appeals is set forth throughout EFSC Procedure 201.5. Refer to that procedure for details. Any disciplinary sanctions will not be held in abeyance during the appellate process.


Definitions

Academic Appeals: Academic appeals are any appeals concerning final grade or final activity within the classroom.

Administrative Appeals: Administrative appeals include issues with administration, registration, and late withdrawals or drops due to medical problems or other extenuating circumstances.

Financial Appeals: There are two kinds of Financial Appeals:

  • Tuition Refund Credits - Students may appeal through the Collegewide Chair for a tuition credit or exemption to full cost tuition.
  • Hardship appeals for financial assistance - related to awarding of Federal, state, institutional or private financial assistance. Students are required to have completed a FAFSA for the term being appealed with the Office of Financial Aid.

Procedure for Submitting an Appeal


  1. Prior to submitting the formal appeal form, students must address the concern as soon as possible in a nonconfrontational manner with the appropriate faculty or staff member.

    Academic: Discuss with instructor. If not resolved, discuss with Collegewide Chair.

    Administrative/Tuition Refund or Credit: Discuss with the Collegewide Chair.

    Tuition Refund Credit: Apply for the tuition refund/credit with the Collegewide Chair. The student must fill out the “College-wide Tuition Refund/Credit Request Form.” Documentation must be provided with the form in order for it to be processed.

    Hardship appeals for financial assistance: Students are required to have completed a FAFSA for the term being appealed. Discuss specific hardship concerns with Office of Financial Aid staff member.

    If not resolved through step 1, the student may submit a formal appeal form with attached documentation to the appropriate office.

    Academic: Collegewide Chair. The Chairs are listed as follows:

    Chair of Arts and Humanities: Dr. Alicia Spring. Email: springali@easternflorida.edu. Phone: 433-5764.

    Chair of Business and Technology: Dr. Michael Daniels. Email: danielsm@easternflorida.edu. Phone: 433-5427.

    Chair of Career and Technology/Applied Technology: Mr. Daniel Mondshein. Email: mondsheind@easternflorida.edu. Phone: 433-7527.

    Chair of Communications: Dr. Sharon Cronk-Raby. Email: cronk-rabys@easternflorida.edu. Phone: 433-5703.

    Chair of Eastern Florida Online: Mr. Andrew Lieb. Email: lieba@easternflorida.edu. Phone: 433-5411.

    Chair of Mathematics and Engineering: Ms. Beth Rountree. Email: rountreeb@easternflorida.edu. Phone: 433-7183.

    Chair of Natural and Physical Sciences: Dr. Ramona Smith. Email: smithr@easternflorida.edu. Phone: 433-7834.

    Chair of Nursing and Applied Health Science: Dr. Karen Spurlock. Email: spurlockk@easternflorida.edu. Phone: 433-5042.  

    Chair of Social and Behavioral Science and Education: Ms. Ilana Grimes. Email: grimesi@easternflorida.edu. Phone: 433-5856.

    Appeal forms, as well as additional information regarding the appeal process, are available through the Collegewide Chair's office. Appeals will only be accepted within two years from the date of the incident or issue on which the appeal is based.

    Hardship appeals for financial assistance: Submit Financial Hardship Appeal form through the Office of Financial Aid.

    If the concern is not resolved at step 2:

    For academic or administrative concerns, the student may request in writing, through the Collegewide Chair’s office, a review by the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, the Dean of Career and Technical Education and Applied Technology, the Dean of Nursing and Applied Health Sciences, or the Dean of STEM and Business. The request must be received within ten days of student notification of the resolution and must contain additional documentation that is pertinent to the appeal. The decision of the Dean is final.

    For financial concerns, the student may request an appeal to the Student Financial Appeals Committee (SFAC). The SFAC is comprised of the EFSC Controller, Director of Financial Aid, Registrar, and Advising Coordinator. The SFAC will evaluate the student’s need, academic and financial history with EFSC, as well as the student’s compliance and responsiveness to college financial aid policies and procedures. The SFAC will make recommendations to the Chief Financial Officer. The decision of the Chief Financial Officer is final.

    If the student feels that the established procedures were violated, the student may request an administrative review by the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. This is NOT a re-trial of the incident, but a procedural review. The request for administrative review must be made in writing through the Dean's office within five days of receiving notification of the resolution. The decision of the Associate Vice President is final, except as to matters involving suspension or expulsion.

    Distance Education students who have completed the internal institutional grievance process and the applicable state grievance process may appeal non-instructional complaints to the Florida State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (FL-SARA) Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education Coordinating (PRDEC) Council. For additional information on the complaint process, please visit the FL-SARA Complaint Process Page.

    Inquiries regarding the College’s Equal Opportunity Policies, including Title IX (gender discrimination) and Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (disabled discrimination) and equity issues in general may be directed to:

    Ms. Darla Ferguson, Chief Equity and Diversity Officer
    Cocoa , George Washington Carver Administration Building 2
    1519 Clearlake Road
    Cocoa, FL 32922
    telephone 321-433-7080 or email fergusond@easternflorida.edu