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Nature of the Process

The World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) Recognition of Quality Culinary Education is directed, administered, and supervised by the WACS Education Committee. All challenges regarding actions of and by the WACS Education Committee are governed by the comprehensive and exclusive rules contained in these procedures. This appeal process is the only way to resolve all WACS Recognition of Quality Education application, eligibility, examination, award and renewal challenges, complaints, and/or claims of irregularities.

Participants

The WACS Education Committee, the Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Appeals Committee and any other authorized representative of the WACS Board, may be involved in deciding matters to be resolved or arising under these procedures.

Time Requirements

The WACS Education Committee will make every effort to follow the time requirements noted in these appeal procedures. However, the WACS Education Committee failure to meet a time requirement will not prohibit the consideration or final resolution of any matter arising under these procedures. WACS Recognition of Quality Culinary Education applicants or recipients are required to comply with all time requirements specified in this document. Unless provided otherwise, time extensions or postponements may be granted by the WACS Education Committee if a timely, written request explaining a reasonable cause is submitted, consistent with these procedures.

Confidentiality

In order to protect the privacy of all parties involved in matters arising under these procedures, all material prepared by, or submitted to, The WACS Education Committee will be confidential. Disclosure of material prepared by, or submitted to, the WACS Education Committee is permitted only when specifically authorized by the WACS Education Committee policy, the Board of Directors, the Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Appeals Committee, or the WACS President.

Rights to Appeal

Appeals may be sought for challenges with both the initial application process (“the applicant”) or by institutions which have already received the recognition (the “recipient”) but has had their recognition either suspended or revoked by the WACS Education Committee.

Failure to Disclose Improper, False, or Misleading Representations

Where a applicant or recipient fails to disclose information related to the award or award renewal requested by the WACS Education Committee, or where an applicant or recipient makes an improper, false, or misleading representation to the WACS Education Committee, the WACS President, Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Appeals Committee, the Board of Directors, or other authorized representative may penalize or discipline the institution, and/or issue corrective action related to such failure or improper representation. The WACS Education Committee may temporarily or permanently prevent and bar a program from being recognized, or may issue any other appropriate directive(s).

Party Conduct – Failure to Cooperate

All parties must behave in a courteous and professional manner when communicating with WACS Education Committee representatives. Where an applicant or recipient fails or refuses to cooperate fully with the WACS Education Committee concerning matters arising under, or related to, these procedures, and it is determined that the lack of cooperation is without good cause, the Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Appeals Committee, the Board of Directors, or other authorized representative may penalize the institution offering the program, and/or issue corrective action related to such failure to cooperate. The WACS Education Committee may temporarily or permanently prevent and bar an institution from promoting the award of recognition, or may issue any other appropriate directive(s).

Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Application Actions

Under the supervision of the Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Review Committee, the WACS Education Committee will make one of the following determinations and decisions with regard to a candidate’s application for WACS recognition eligibility:

  1. Accept the application
  2. Request additional or supplemental information
  3. Reject the application on the ground(s) that the application does not provide sufficient evidence that they meet or exceed the eligibility requirements as outline in Policies and Procedures, or the institution’s representatives has violated, or acted contrary to, a WACS Recognition of Quality Culinary Education policy or rule.

Content of a Request for Review

An applicant or recipient may submit a written request for review of an adverse recognition related action or decision by notifying the WACS Education Committee in writing. The applicant or recipient must state and explain in detail the nature of the request and the specific facts and circumstances supporting the request, including all reasons why the action or decision should be changed or modified. The applicant or recipient must also provide accurate copies of all supporting documents.

Time Period for Submitting Request for Review

In order for a request for review to be considered by the WACS Education Committee, the written request must be received by Committee within thirty (45) days of the date of the adverse action.

Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Appeals Committee

At least three (3) members of the WACS Education Committee will be appointed to serve as the Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Appeals Committee to resolve appeals or referred matters. Subject to the limitations set forth in these procedures, the Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Appeals Committee will hear and resolve a first appeal where the matter has been referred by an applicant or recipient is dissatisfied with the final informal review and action of WACS Education Committee, and requests an appeal consistent with these procedures.

Grounds for Appeal

In order for an appeal to be considered by the Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Appeals Committee, the appeal submission must contain substantial information supporting at least one of the following grounds:

  1. The applicants ability to receive or renew recognition was denied incorrectly;
  2. The applicants application or recipients renewal application was reviewed incorrectly, or evidence provided was not considered, and as a direct result the application had been denied;
  3. The applicant or recipient seeking renewal was barred from submitting sufficient evidence in support of its application for any reason, or not given an appropriate amount of time to do so after said evidence was requested by WACS Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Review Committee.

Content of Appeal

In order for an appeal to be considered by the Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Appeals Committee, the appeal submission must contain the following information:

  1. The identity and signature of the applicant or recipient submitting the appeal;
  2. A detailed explanation of the reasons and basis for the appeal, as defined and limited by the above section (Grounds for Appeal).
  3. All objections, corrections, and factual information the applicant or recipient believes to be relevant to the appeal;
  4. The names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses, if available, of any persons with factual information relevant to the appeal, and a clear description of the factual information available from these persons; and,
  5. Copies of any and all relevant documents, exhibits, or other information the applicant or recipient wants to submit in support of the appeal.

Time Period for Submitting Appeal

An applicant or recipient seeking to present an appeal must submit a written, signed appeal, consistent with the requirements of these procedures, to the Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Appeals Committee within thirty (30) days of the date of the final action and decision of the WACS Education Committee.

Appeal Deficiencies

The Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Appeals Committee Chair may require the applicant or recipient to clarify, supplement, or amend an appeal submission.

Appeal Rejection

If the Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Appeals Committee Chair determines that an appeal does not meet the appeal requirements or otherwise warrant further formal review, consistent with the requirements set forth in these procedures, the appeal will be rejected. The Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Appeals Committee Chair will notify the applicant or recipient of the rejection, as well as the reason(s) for the rejection, by letter within thirty (30) days of the determination. Appeal rejection determinations are not subject to appeal.

Conditions for Closing the Appeal

An appeal will be closed, and all proceedings ended, when any of the following occurs:

  1. An appeal has been resolved and decided by the Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Appeals Committee, or the Board of Directors, and the allowable time period for the filing of an appeal under these procedures and rules has passed or lapsed; or,
  2. The appeal has been withdrawn or terminated by the applicant or recipient.