The President shall within 10 working days after written request take one of two actions: (1) Uphold the personnel action taken or (2) appoint in an impartial Board of Review to hear appeals from employees when appeals for dismissal demotion or suspension cannot be resolved through normal administrative channels at the institution. Employees in a provisional status are not entitled to the right of appeal. This evidentiary hearing shall be informal in nature and shall not be conducted under strict rules of evidence or procedures applicable to proceedings in the Superior Courts of Georgia. Normally, attorneys are not authorized to participate in the hearing. However, the grievant may select an advisor other than an attorney to assist and advise the grievant at the hearing if it appears that the hearing will in any way involve, or relate to, an indictment of, or the existence of any criminal charge against the grievant.
The recommendation of the Board of Review shall be forwarded to the President for final decision. If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the grievant, he or she may file an appeal within 20 calendar days following the written decision of the President. This appeal shall state the decision complained of and the redress desired, and shall be filed and processed in accordance with the provisions of Article IX of the Bylaws of the Board of Regents. An advisor or an attorney may represent the grievant during the appeal process to the Board of Regents.