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.
Please note if you have been awarded your degree you are no longer eligible to submit an appeal to the Student Appeals Body (SAB). All appeals must be lodged prior to your degree being conferred. If you have lodged an appeal, you will need to withdraw from the graduation or conferral process until such time that your matter is finalised. Once your appeal is finalised, please contact the graduations team to proceed with your conferral.
You need to submit your appeal in writing and include any relevant supporting documents.
Generally, your appeal should include:
You should only include information that is relevant to the academic decision or to the process of making that decision.
You'll need to submit an appeal to your faculty or school, by logging in and completing the online Appeal Against an Academic Decision/Exclusion Application Form.
Follow the steps in the form and ensure that you upload a written appeal letter, details and a copy of your request for resolution with the original decision-maker and any other relevant supporting documents with your application.
You will need to have an active UniKey to access the online appeals form. If you no longer have an active UniKey, contact your faculty or school to lodge an appeal for you.
If you have any concerns with lodging your appeal, contact the faculty or school responsible for making the original decision.
In exceptional circumstances you may be able to submit a late appeal.
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 through the Special considerations and special arrangements portal.
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 through the Credit appeals form.
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).
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.
If you were required to show good cause on the basis of several semesters of poor performance, the faculty may have decided to exclude you either if you did not lodge a response, or if the faculty did not have confidence in the readmission case you put forward. The faculty decision would include their reasons.
If you’re excluded from your course or do not agree with the conditions of your re-enrolment, you can appeal the decision.
An exclusion appeal letter should contain the following:
Your Stage 3 exclusion decision notification will give you a deadline to submit your appeal letter.
Upload your letter and documents in Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’, then ‘Assessments’).
If you have any concerns with lodging your appeal, contact the Student Representative Council (SRC) or Sydney University PostGraduate Representative Association (SUPRA), who have representatives that may assist in preparing your appeal.
If you have any concerns with lodging your appeal, contact the faculty or school responsible for making the original decision using the contact details below.
|Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planningfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences||
email@example.com (Faculty appeals of assessment mark, grade, DC, academic integrity)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Faculty appeals of show cause/exclusion decisions only)
|The University of Sydney Business Schoolemail@example.com|
|Faculty of Engineeringfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sydney Law Schoolemail@example.com|
|Faculty of Medicine and Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sydney Conservatorium of Musicemail@example.com|
|Faculty of Science||
firstname.lastname@example.org (Faculty appeals of assessment mark, grade, DC, academic integrity)
email@example.com (Faculty appeals of show cause/exclusion decisions only)