Initiating an academic appeal

Purpose

An Appeal is defined as a request for a review of the decision-making of an academic body (for example, a Board of Examiners, an Extenuating Circumstances Request Review Panel or a Panel established to investigate Plagiarism) charged with making academic decisions on progression, assessment, extenuating circumstances, academic conduct or awards.

A Fitness to Practice Appeal is defined as a request for a review of the decision-making of a body, such as a fitness to practice panel, specifically established by the Academic Board for the purpose of making decisions relating to the student’s conduct, competence and capabilities in relation to professional practice, taking into account the requirements of any relevant regulatory or statutory body.

Grounds

There are certain circumstances under which a student may appeal against a decision made by the University. These are:

  • where a resit or repeat has not been offered to a student following failure, without good reason
  • where a student believes their extenuating circumstances request was rejected without proper consideration
  • where a material administrative error has led to a particular negative academic outcome
  • where exams or coursework have not been conducted according to the current rules and regulations
  • where evidence can be provided from a qualified professional that has not previously been provided but shows that recent performance may have been impaired and the ability to apply for extenuating circumstances affected
    • a) shows the student’s performance to have been materially affected; and
    • b) is, for demonstrable reasons, of a sort which the student could not reasonably have been expected to submit at the appropriate time under the University’s extenuating circumstances procedures; and
    • c) has not previously been received and reviewed by the University; and
    • d) relates to one or more assessment/s recent enough to have been considered when the Board of Examiners or other academic body last made a decision relating to the student.

When a student has been subject to Fitness to Practice or Professional Suitability procedures, they may appeal against the decision of that body under the following circumstances:

  • where a student believes their extenuating circumstances request was rejected without proper consideration
  • where a material administrative error has led to a particular negative academic outcome
  • where evidence can be provided from a qualified professional that has not previously been provided but shows that recent performance may have been impaired and the ability to apply for extenuating circumstances affected
    • a) is, for demonstrable reasons, of a sort which the student could not reasonably have been expected to submit at the appropriate time under the University’s extenuating circumstances procedures; and
    • b) has not previously been received and reviewed by the University.

How to appeal

You need to submit your appeal in writing to the Director of Academic Administration.

The simplest way is to complete the appeals form and return it by email to:

registry.appeals@canterbury.ac.uk.

When to appeal

There are time limits for making an appeal.

You need to submit your appeal within twenty working days of the date of issue of the written notification of the decision to you.

In exceptional circumstances, the Director of Academic Administration may extend the time allowed for submission of an Appeal if there were valid reasons why the request was not submitted within twenty working days. Such circumstances might include, but are not limited to, illness, other pressing reasons or you making initial enquiries about the procedure.

The Director of Academic Administration will not accept any request submitted more than forty working days after the date of issue of the written notification of the decision to you.

Where you can get Advice

You may seek advice from

  • the Students’ Union.  The Students’ Union is independent of the University, but has experience in helping students with appeals.
    Contact: Representation & Advice Casework Co-ordinator, Mrs Ellie Martin ( ellie.martin@canterbury.ac.uk or 01227 782272).

For more information see Students' Union guidance on Appeal Procedures.

  • the University’s Student Support, Health and Wellbeing service for help.
    Contact Advice Centre in Augustine House, Canterbury by calling 01227 782675 or by emailing studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk.   

Procedures

This is a summary of the process You can read the Full University guidance on appeal procedures.

Contact

If you have any questions about the Appeal procedures or wish to discuss any aspect of it, please contact Greg Hills, the University's Student Appeals and Conduct Officer at registry.appeals@canterbury.ac.uk  or on 01227 767700 (ext. 2071).

Contact us

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Last edited: 29/06/2016 12:32:00