Hearings

Once you have confirmed your hearing date, your faculty will be asked to provide a written response to your appeal. The Student Affairs Unit will send you this written response five working days before the date of your hearing. This document will form the basis of the faculty’s argument at the hearing and it is strongly advised that you read it carefully.

At this stage, if you have not done so already, it is highly recommended that you discuss your appeal with a student advisor from either the Student Representative Council (SRC) or Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA). If you wish, a representative from either SRC or SUPRA can accompany you to the hearing. Alternatively, you may elect to have no support person or your own support person (such as a parent or a friend).

At the hearing you will be introduced to three SAB panel members from the Student Appeals Board (SAB) and a member of staff representing your faculty. A member of the Student Affairs Unit will also be present to take notes. The SAB will have examined both your appeal and your faculty’s response and will use the hearing to ask both you and your faculty representative about your respective submissions. You will also be given an opportunity to expand upon your appeal verbally. Please note that no new documentation will be accepted at this point, except at the discretion of the panel.

Once the panel are satisfied they have all the information they require, you and the faculty representative will be excused and the panel will deliberate the appeal and come to a decision. This decision will be communicated to you in writing by the Student Affairs Unit soon after the hearing. If you wish to check on the progress of your appeal during this time, please direct your queries to the Student Affairs Unit.

The SAB does try to ensure that hearings are relatively informal, but if you believe that you may find this experience distressing, or the outcome upsetting or challenging, it is recommended that you make an appointment to see a University counsellor for the period immediately following your SAB meeting. This will give you the chance to discuss any issues arising from the meeting or develop new strategies for successful study in the future. Contacted the Counselling Service by email at .