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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.

Submit 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 and formal appeals process. For example, a statement or 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.

Unless you are appealing a credit or special consideration or special arrangements decision, the way you submit your appeal will vary depending on your faculty or school. You should speak with your faculty or relevant administrative unit, or refer to the information below, to confirm how you should submit your appeal.

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

Special consideration or special arrangements

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.

Credit and reduced volume of learning

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.  

Higher degree by research students

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).

Your written appeal should include:

  • your student ID number and the unit of study concerned
  • an appeal letter outlining the details of the decision that was originally made and why you are not satisfied with the outcome of your request for resolution
  • a written statement from your teacher or unit of study coordinator explaining the reason for their decision and outcome of the request for resolution with the original decision-maker
  • any additional documents to support your case such as the unit of study outline, marking criteria, the submitted work and assignment question sheet.

You can submit your appeal to adp.asu@sydney.edu.au Most appeals will be resolved within 15 working days, and the outcome will be sent to your University student email.  

Your written appeal should include:

  • a written statement from your teacher or unit of study coordinator explaining the reason for their decision and outcome of the request for resolution with the original decision-maker
  • an appeal letter outlining the reasons for your appeal and why you think the original decision is incorrect
  • the relevant marked assessment task, including any feedback, if appealing a mark or grade
  • copies of relevant correspondence with the teacher or unit of study coordinator
  • any additional supporting documents such as the unit of study outline, marking criteria and assignment question sheet.

You can submit your appeal to fass.appeals@sydney.edu.au

Sydney School of Education and Social Work

First, you need to submit a written appeal to your Program Director.

You will receive an outcome from the Program Director within 10 working days.

If you believe that due academic process has not been followed after this appeal, you can then submit your appeal to the Associate Dean (Student Experience).

To make an appeal to your faculty, complete a Business School Formal Faculty Appeal Form.

Include all supporting documents. If your appeal is for a group assessment task, all members need to consent to the appeal. Submit one appeal and list all group members in the form.

Submitting a file note may result in a re-mark of the assessment item concerned. It will be re-marked on its merits against the relevant assessment criteria. By submitting this appeal you are acknowledging that this will occur.  

Appeals against academic dishonesty or plagiarism decisions

For decisions relating to academic dishonesty including plagiarism, after your academic honesty meeting and/or email correspondence you’ll have received a letter containing the decision made. If you believe there are genuine grounds to contest this decision, you can submit a faculty-level appeal.

Your written appeal should include the following:

  • details of the decision being appealed. Someone unfamiliar with the case should have enough information to understand the decision being appealed. For example, include the name of the unit of study, date of the assignment and mark received.
  • why you think the original decision is wrong. You could refer to a university policy, unit of study outline, or an email from a member of staff as evidence.
  • details of the resolution process. Include copies of correspondence or notes of meetings with your lecturer showing the questions you asked, response you received and why you are dissatisfied or disagree with this response.
  • any other documents to support your case. For example, the assignment question sheet, your marked assignment, and any marking criteria you were given.

You can submit your appeal to the Engineering Progression and Appeals Officer at engineering.progression@sydney.edu.au

Appeals to the Faculty will be considered by the Dean (or their delegate).

Your written appeal should include:

  • your Student ID number, unit of study concerned and name of the lecturer
  • a copy of your resolution with the original decision-maker submission
  • the outcome and written response to your request for resolution
  • reasons why you're not satisfied with the outcome of your request for resolution
  • any supporting documents, including any other relevant correspondence with the unit of study coordinator.

You can submit your appeal to fhs.academicrecords@sydney.edu.au

Your written appeal should include:

  • a written statement from your teacher or unit of study coordinator explaining the reason for their decision and outcome of the request for resolution
  • an appeal letter outlining the reasons for your appeal and why you are not satisfied with the outcome of the request for resolution
  • the relevant marked assessment task, including any feedback, if appealing a mark or grade
  • any additional supporting documents, such as the unit of study outline, marking criteria, assignment question sheet and any relevant correspondence with the teacher or unit of study coordinator.

You can submit your appeal to law.dean@sydney.edu.au

You can to submit your appeal 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 wth the outcome of the request for resolution
  • any supporting documents, including any other relevant correspondence with the unit of study coordinator or course director.

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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Last updated: 13 February 2019

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