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Academic appeals

Appeal to the Faculty or Academic Panel

If your concerns can’t be resolved through resolution with the original decision-maker, the next stage is to submit a formal appeal to the relevant faculty or administrative unit. A formal appeal needs to be submitted within 20 working days of receiving an outcome from your request for resolution, or the most recent decision made on the disputed decision.

Procedures for appeals to the faculty or Academic Panel are outlined in part 3.2 and 3.2A of the Appeals Rule.

Prepare your appeal

You need to submit your appeal in writing and include any relevant supporting documents.

Generally, your appeal should include:

  • an appeal letter outlining the details of the decision that was made
  • details of the request for resolution with the original decision-maker, such as correspondence from your unit of study coordinator explaining the outcome and reasons for their decision
  • the relevant assessment task if you are appealing a mark or grade
  • any additional supporting documents.

You should only include information that is relevant to the academic decision or to the process of making that decision.

Submit your appeal

You need to submit your appeal request to the relevant faculty or school, or administrative unit.

In exceptional circumstances you may be able to submit a late appeal.

To submit an appeal against an academic decision made by the Faculty of Medicine and Health, you will need to submit your appeal by email to fmh.appeals@sydney.edu.au.

Your written appeal should include:

  • your Student ID and course or unit of study concerned
  • a copy of your request for resolution submission
  • the outcome and written response to your request for resolution
  • reasons you're not satisfied with the outcome of the request for resolution
  • any supporting documents, including any other relevant correspondence with the unit of study coordinator or course director.

To submit an appeal to your faculty or school, you need to log in and complete the online Appeal Against an Academic Decision/Exclusion Application Form.

You will need to follow the steps in the form and ensure that you upload a written appeal letter, details and a copy of your request for resolution with the original decision-maker and any other relevant supporting documents with your application.

If you have any concerns with lodging your appeal, contact the faculty or school responsible for making the original decision using the contact details below.

Faculty/school Contact details
Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning adp.asu@sydney.edu.au
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences fass.appeals@sydney.edu.au
The University of Sydney Business School business.academicappeals@sydney.edu.au
Faculty of Engineering engineering.progression@sydney.edu.au
Faculty of Health Sciences fhs.academicrecords@sydney.edu.au
Sydney Law School law.dean@sydney.edu.au
Sydney Conservatorium of Music con.education@sydney.edu.au
Faculty of Science

science.appeals@sydney.edu.au (Faculty appeals of assessment mark, grade, DC, academic integrity)

science.academicadvice@sydney.edu.au (Faculty appeals of show cause/exclusion decisions only)

If your appeal is related to special consideration or special arrangements, you will need to submit your appeal, in writing, to the Academic Panel. This is called a formal academic appeal and needs to be submitted within 20 working days of receiving your review (informal resolution) decision.

You can submit your formal academic appeal online.

If your appeal is related to credit or reduced volume of learning, you will need to submit your appeal, in writing, to the Academic Panel. Your appeal to the Academic Panel needs to be submitted within 20 working days of receiving your resolution request decision.

You can submit your Academic-Panel appeal online.

If you are appealing a decision associated with either the termination of your candidature or the examination of your thesis, an appeal to the faculty is not required. In these cases, you may submit an appeal to the Student Appeals Body (SAB).

Late appeals

In exceptional circumstances you may be able to submit an appeal after the 20 working day time period. Late appeals need approval from the Academic Panel or the Dean (or their delegate) of your faculty. You need to explain why your appeal was not lodged by the deadline and provide supporting evidence for your reason.

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