Academic Appeals


9. Academic Appeals 

9.1 Students have the right to request a review of any academic decision. An Academic Appeal is a request by a student for a review of a decision made by a body charged with assessing student progress, assessment and making awards.

9.2 The College shall maintain an Academic Appeals Procedure which shall set out the process for students and the College to make and deal with requests for reviews of academic decisions. The Procedure shall be the responsibility of the Director of Executive and Governance Services who will ensure that it adheres to the Good Practice Framework of the Office of Independent Adjudicator.

9.3 Academic Appeals must be received by the College in accordance with the Appeals Procedure. Academic Appeals received which do not adhere to the Appeals Procedure may not be considered.

Grounds of Appeal

9.4 Academic Appeals may be submitted on the following grounds only:

a) extenuating circumstances, not already considered by the College;

b) administrative error or procedural irregularity in the way in which the assessment was conducted; and/or

c) that there is evidence of prejudice or of bias such that the validity of the result of the examination is called into question.

9.5 For the avoidance of doubt, Academic Appeals cannot be submitted on the following grounds:

a) ignorance of assessment requirements and assessment regulations; or

b) challenge of academic judgement.

External Review

9.6 Once the Academic Appeals Procedure has been completed, where they consider that their Academic Appeal has not been resolved adequately, students may refer matters for external review to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.