Hearings

Once you have confirmed your availability for a hearing, the Student Affairs Unit will send you a copy of the agenda for the meeting as well as all appeal submissions relevant to your hearings.

Having read the relevant submissions, members of the Student Appeals Body will convene prior to the student and the faculty representative’s arrival to discuss the agenda. At this stage members will decide what, if any, questions they may ask of the student, the student’s representative and/or the faculty representative. Any official clarification on policy or procedural issues can be sought at this point.

The student, the student’s representative and the faculty representative are then asked to enter the meeting and asked to address any questions posed by the SAB, but not to give further oral evidence or oral submissions unless the SAB allows.
Once the SAB is satisfied that any questions or additional information they required has been addressed, the student, the student’s representative and the faculty representative will be asked to leave the meeting. The SAB will then deliberate and make a decision. The decision will be disseminated to the faculty and to the student as soon as it is finalised.

Matters for the SAB to consider when making its decision:

  • Have the appropriate policies and guidelines and any other legislative requirements been followed by the faculty and the student?
  • Have the relevant personal circumstances of the student been considered?
  • Has the relationship between the student and the faculty played a part in the outcome of the appeal?
  • Has the student taken personal responsibility for the situation, sought counselling or undertaken additional study?
  • Have there been any changes in the student’s working hours, financial situation or study load which would result in better performance?
  • If a student was applying for readmission, have they actively undertaken any further studies, for example, Summer School?
  • Has the student abided by any conditions set by the faculty since their exclusion?

After consideration of the administrative facts and any individual factor(s) pertinent to the case, the SAB may uphold or dismiss a student’s appeal, and in its absolute discretion:

  • refer the academic decision back to the relevant faculty for reconsideration in accordance with due academic process; or
  • make a new or amended academic decisions; or
  • determine that no further action should be take in relation to the matter.

The decision of the SAB panel is final.

Where a decision of the SAB panel reveals a systemic or other serious failure by the faculty to observe due academic process, the Chair of the SAB will send a copy of the decision to the Provost and relevant Deputy Vice-Chancellor for consideration and action.