Appealing against academic decisions - Sydney Medical School
On 6 November 2008, the Policy Committee ratified the Student Appeals against Academic Decisions in the Medical Program Policy (PDF).
Students who wish to appeal an academic decision are advised to read the policy and flow chart as it clearly states the steps required to make an appeal. The Policy is aligned to the Academic Board's Appeals Policy and as such students must follow these steps in order for an appeal to be accepted.
The first part of the appeals process involves an informal stage where students must contact their Stage Coordinator (or Associate Dean if they are in Stage 3) to discuss their concerns. If a student in Stage 3 is appealing a Specialty Block academic decision then they must contact the relevant Specialty Block Coordinator to discuss their concerns. If the issue is not resolved at this stage, students can progress to the formal stage. Students who take their appeal to the formal stage must submit their appeal to Student Services with the Student Appeals against Academic Decisions Submission Form (PDF). An appeal will not be accepted without the submission of this form.
The Policy states that whilst an appeal is in process and a decision is yet to be made, it is important for a student to continue their enrolment as normal. Please be aware that if a student is appealing an academic decision at the end of one Stage and is then required to enrol in the following Stage, even though the student is enrolled, this does not mean that the student can automatically progress to the next stage and commence classes. Students must wait for a decision on their appeal to be made before they can continue in the Medical Program.
If a student's appeal is not upheld, it is the student's responsibility to withdraw from any units of study that they are currently enrolled in before the HECS Census date to avoid further academic and financial penalties.
Students experience the hospital environment from the first year of the program. Without stipulating how students are to dress the following guidelines may help to identify the appropriate way to dress when participating in health care delivery.
- Students should dress appropriate for the environment they are working in.
- Students should present clean and tidy.
- Students should dress to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety codes applicable.