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  • Academic Appeals Process - Summary Guidance


    1. Any student is entitled to submit an Appeal against a confirmed academic decision of the University.
    2. The acceptable grounds for Appeals are limited and are detailed in the Academic Regulations, under Section 27(a) for Taught Degrees and Section 25(a) for Research Degrees. Appeal submissions will be reviewed initially by the Deputy University Secretary to determine if valid grounds for appeal have been met and sufficient evidence submitted. Submissions which do not meet the valid grounds for appeal, or lack appropriate supporting evidence, will be rejected and the student will be notified in writing.
    3. Appeals should not be confused with any sort of complaint, for which there are separate procedures – see Student Complaints Procedure for details.
    4. Students who wish to appeal should submit a letter addressed to: the Deputy University Secretary, University of Roehampton, Grove House, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PJ - NOT to the Programme Convener(s), Registry or the Chair of any School Exam Board or Awards & Progression Board.
    5. Appeals must be submitted within two weeks of receipt of formal issue of results, though appeals submitted late with good reason may, exceptionally, be considered. Confirmation of receipt of Appeal Letters will be sent by email. If a student has not received email confirmation of receipt within two weeks of posting their Appeal Letter, they should contact the Deputy University Secretary.
    6. There is no standard form or format required but Students must cite in their Appeal Letter the relevant ground(s) for Appeal (see paragraph 2 above) according to the relevant Academic Regulations. They must also state clearly: their full name and student number, current email address, programme and year of study, and (if relevant) the reason given for programme termination. They must include a written statement in the Appeal Letter outlining all the issues they wish to be considered and explain how the issues relate to the ground(s) for appeal they are citing. If relevant, appropriate medical evidence must be submitted.
    7. Advice on how to construct an Appeal Letter, and on the process in general, can be obtained from the Roehampton Students' Union - students should contact Rachael Blaney, the VP, Welfare & Acting Academic Adviser, or her colleagues, on 020 8392 3736. Students are recommended to take advice from the Students' Union first, and before compiling any Appeal Letter, in order to ensure that the grounds and format of the appeal are appropriate.
    8. All Appeals which are accepted for consideration are subjected to the same process: the Deputy University Secretary conducts an investigation, referring the appeal submission to the Programme Convener for comment and recommendation on behalf of the Programme Exam Board, and then makes a recommendation to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor who conducts the final adjudication.
    9. The Appeals process is managed by the Deputy University Secretary: enquiries from students should be referred to the Deputy University Secretary.
    10. The Deputy University Secretary advises the outcomes of Appeals to students in writing. Students may comment on the material accuracy of the contents of the outcome letter, in writing, but no 'second appeal' on the same issue is allowed. However, a student disputing an Appeal outcome may now choose to take the matter to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education. In order to do this they need to request a Letter of Completion of Internal Procedures when commenting on the appeal outcome.

    University Secretariat
    April 2015

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