Legal Protection

Legal Protection

A student who objects to a decision of an examiner (e.g. assessments) or the Examination Board may lodge an appeal with the Examination Appeals Board (in Dutch College van Beroep voor de Examens (CBE)) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. In urgent cases, the chair of the CBE can be requested to make provisions.

Only an interested party, that is a person whose interest is directly involved in a decision, can lodge the appeal. The appeal has to be lodged within six weeks of the announcement of the disputed decision. If the appeal concerns a decision that was not made on time, it must be submitted within a reasonable period of time.

The appeal should be submitted in writing to the CBE-EUR, for the attention of the Secretary of this Board or it can be submitted online by the EUR Legal Protection Facility.

Before the CBE-EUR deals with the appeal, there is a settlement phase, in which the Examination Board concerned attempts to settle the lawsuit amicably (= formal amicable settlement attempt).

The CBE-EUR assumes that the complainant him/herself will first have made contact with the examiner concerned or with the Examination Board, in order to try to reach agreement (=material amicable settlement attempt). Account should be taken of the fact that meanwhile the period of six weeks for lodging an appeal with the CBE-EUR continues to run. In view of this, a provisional appeal can be lodged for the interim.

If the settlement attempt fails, parties will be invited to a sitting of the Examination Appeals Board. The sitting is in Dutch. Foreign students are recommended to take an interpreter with them to the sitting.

If a student disagrees with the decision regarding their objection, they can submit an appeal with the Higher Education Appeals Tribunal in The Hague within six weeks of the decision.

Further information

For further information check this website.

You can also visit the website of the CBE-EUR (in Dutch), where you can find the CBE's rulings on various disputes.
Further information about the procedure can also be obtained from the Secretary of the CBE-EUR, mr.drs. W.A. Kleinjan, room ET-40, tel. 010 – 408 1127/408 2233 or e-mail to