Your mark may not always go the way you would want, circumstances out of your control can affect your mark/quality of work. When this is through no fault of your own, it may be appropriate to appeal.
Should you feel that there are grounds for appealing against a decision taken by a Board of Examiners you should consult the Appeals procedures which detail the grounds which an appeal can be made.
Please note: The majority of appeals are not upheld due to lack of GROUNDS and/or EVIDENCE. If your appeal is upheld, you will need to SUBMIT NEW WORK which means you will have to REWRITE/CREATE work. The original piece of work will NOT be REMARKED, because essentially your appeal states that that work is substandard due to circumstances beyond your control and you can do better.
What is an Academic Appeal?
An academic appeal formally requests that a result is re-examined for one of three reasons:
- There is evidence that procedures were not applied correctly, or marks were calculated incorrectly.
- There were extenuating circumstances which the original decision makers were not aware of, or that you could not disclose at that time to them.
- That the original decision was not reasonable in the given circumstances.
What can I Appeal?
Confirmed decisions by a board of examiners can be appealed, as well as decisions by either a University committee or staff member regarding academic progress. If you are going through any other formal University procedure dealing with the same, or related, issues, these will have to be completed before you can appeal.
Remember that academic judgement – which is defined as “the professional and scholarly knowledge” which academic staff draw upon to make academic decisions – cannot be appealed. What this means in practice is that you cannot appeal a precise mark, but rather an incorrect or incomplete procedure which led to the result.
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