Academic appeals

As a result of a review of student appeals processes, which commenced with an external review in late 2003, Senate has approved the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006, which reflects the following:

  • That there should be one process provided for final resolution of these matters in each faculty, and another at University level for final resolution for any appeals against faculty determinations.
  • That such issues are very frequently based on much the same grounds of academic judgment, procedural error, and personal misadventure, and thus should be addressed through one set of organisational arrangements.
  • That the new appeals mechanism will not be a Senate committee.

The University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 Part 3 details the faculties’ responsibilities and processes required in addressing student appeals against academic decisions. Any queries regarding any aspect of the academic appeals process can be directed to the Student Affairs Unit by emailing .


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