Composing your appeal

To qualify for a hearing by the Student Appeals Body (SAB) your appeal must identify a perceived breach of due academic process by your faculty in relation to the academic decision you are appealing. Due academic process is defined as the fair and consistent application of faculty and University policy.

Each appeal is different; however, in composing your appeal you should try to address the following questions:

  • How do you think the faculty did not follow policy or procedures when dealing with your appeal?
  • Was there any relevant information that you feel was not considered by the faculty?
  • Were there any policies or procedures you feel that your faculty did not consistently apply in your case?
  • If you are appealing against exclusion, take a look at your show good cause letter; was there anything that you feel was not taken into consideration by the faculty?
  • Were there steps you took to address the reasons for your poor academic performance that were not taken into consideration by the faculty?

You may wish to include supporting documentation along with your appeal letter. This may include medical certificates, relevant sections of University policies, University provided forms and correspondence received from the University. If you have any questions about what types of documentation are acceptable, please contact the Student Affairs Unit.