Dispute Resolution Policy Dispute Resolution Policy for EDU.EU Domains





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This policy sets out processes for the handling of complaints, and requests for review of decisions made by the EDU.EU Registrars (“the Registrar”) or zone operator about:

a) the decisions and actions of the Registrar / zone operator for the closed EDU.EU second level domain (2LD);

b) the eligibility of a registrant to hold a domain name licence in the closed EDU.EU domain space, i.e. whether the registrant’s identification details are valid. In addition it details the process for seeking a review of decisions made by the Registrar or zone operator. Note that the EDU.EU Domain Management Committee is not an agency or statutory authority; therefore it does not have legislative power to impose fines or other penalties.



    1.1. This policy applies to all complaints / requests for review of decisions relating to the allocation and management of the EDU.EU domain space including:

    a) the registration of a domain name;

    b) the renewal of a domain name;

    c) the delegation/re-delegation of a domain name;

    d) the transfer of a domain name licence to another registrant;

    e) possible breaches of EDU.EU Published Policy; and

    f) a registrant’s eligibility to hold a domain name licence.

    This policy also applies to complaints about EDU.EU policy.


    1.2. This policy does not apply to complaints about:

    a) Internet access or email services;

    b) Web hosting, website management, website design or other related third party services;

    c) Objectionable or offensive website content;

    d) Whether an EDU.EU domain name infringes upon or otherwise violates the rights of any third party (for example, trade mark or copyright matters); and

    e) Possible breaches of any regional, national or International legislation. For complaints about these matters, the relevant government authority should be contacted.

    1.3. Complaints about a registrant’s use of a domain name (i.e. whether it violates or infringes on another party’s rights to a domain name) may be handled under the Dispute resolution policy, or alternatively the complainant should seek legal advice.


    2.1 All complaints must be directed to the zone operator.


    3.1 The zone operator must refer the complaint to its Internal Review Officer.

    3.2 The zone operator must respond to every complaint within a reasonable period of time.

    3.3 The complainant is advised to keep a record of their dealings with the zone operator, including copies of any correspondence, the names of relevant customer support staff and the key points discussed.


    4.1 If the zone operator receives a complaint about the eligibility of an EDU.EU registrant, it must reconfirm the eligibility details of the registrant. If the eligibility details are current and the registrant is still eligible for the domain name, the zone operator is not required to take any further action.

    4.2 If the eligibility details are not current, the zone operator must request the registrant to update their eligibility details within 14 calendar days. The Registrar must use reasonable endeavors to contact the registrant (for example, if an email bounces, the zone operator should attempt to contact the registrant by phone or fax).

    4.3 If the registrant updates their eligibility details within the 14 day period, the Registrar must:

    a) Review the information provided and determine if the registrant is still eligible; and

    b) Enter the new information in the zone database as a correction to the registrant details. If the registrant does not update their eligibility details within the 14 day period, does not respond to the zone operator’s request, or the zone operator determines the registrant is no longer eligible, the zone operator must commence the process for termination of the licence outlined in the EDU.EU Mandatory Terms and Conditions Policy.

    4.4 Once the domain name is deleted, it will not be transferred to the complainant, or reserved for the complainant. If the complainant wants to licence the domain name, they must apply for it using the normal application process.

    4.5 The original registrant may re-apply for the domain name when it becomes available.

    a) The registrant does not have to use the same eligibility criteria that they originally used to support their domain name registration.

    b) If the registrant is unable to confirm their eligibility against the eligibility criteria originally used for the granting of their domain name registration, they must provide new eligibility details. The zone operator must confirm registrant eligibility in accordance with the EDU.EU Registration Policy, because the registrant's new eligibility details may no longer have any connection with the domain name.


    5.1 Zone operator must acknowledge receipt of your request and indicate the timeframe in which you can expect a response. Zone operator will endeavor to resolve your request as quickly as possible, but if your request is complex it may take longer to resolve. If this is the case, zone operator will keep you informed of the progress.

    5.2 On receipt of your request for review, zone operator will seek a response from the Registrar. zone operator will investigate the matter based on the facts provided by both parties. zone operator may seek further information from either party to assist with its investigation.



    6.1 Depending on the circumstances of the matter under review, zone operator may take one or more of the following actions:

    a) request the Registrar to remedy their error and / or refund any payment for services not received;

    b) request the Registrar to amend the practice or procedure that led to the review; c) notify the Registrar that they are in breach of their Registrar agreement with zone operator or an EDU.EU Published Policy, and request them to immediately remedy the breach;

    d) refer your complaint to the relevant government authority; or

    e) uphold the decision of the Registrar.

    6.2 If the Registrar does not comply with a request made by zone operator pursuant to Section 7.1, zone operator may suspend or terminate the Registrar agreement.

    6.3 zone operator must notify the complainant by email of the outcome of the review.



    7.1 Members of the public or registrants can raise concerns regarding the clarity or operation of EDU.EU policies including suggestions for improvements. Your concerns can be lodged with the zone operator who will pass them on to EDU.EU Domain Management Committee for consideration in response.

    7.2 The Chair of Domain Management Committee will consider the merits of your concern, and if appropriate submit it for consideration. If it is considered that the matter is adequately dealt with by existing EDU.EU policy the Chair will respond to you outlining why this is the case.

    7.3 If Domain Management Committee considers that a concern raised under this Section warrants the amendment of EDU.EU policy then DMC will proceed with changes to the EDU.EU policy. You will be advised by the Chair if Domain Management Committee approves any policy amendments as a result of the concern you have raised.