The constitution of the SAP is explained in Part 5.5 of University of Sydney (Student Academic Appeals) Rule 2021 and section 5.5(3) states that “At least six members of the Student Appeals Panel will be undergraduate or postgraduate Students of the University”. The role of the SAP is to provide one student member to sit on the Student Appeals Body (SAB) at hearings. SABs hear University-level appeals against academic decisions, and this provides an opportunity for student SAB members to participate in deciding the appeal outcomes of fellow students.
The appointment is for a minimum of one year, and approximately from November to November. SAP members can also be called upon to sit on panels similar to SABs called Student Disciplinary Appeal Committees (SDACs) to hear appeals against student misconduct findings and/or penalties. This is explained in Part 5 of the University of Sydney (Student Discipline) Rule 2016.
SAP members will be regularly invited to participate in SABs, but never compelled. The only formal requirement to sit on a SAB is that the student is not from the same Faculty as the appellant and the appellant’s Faculty will be identified at the time of invitation.
A training session will also be provided and chaired by a solicitor either working for or commissioned by the Office of General Counsel (OGC). The training is scheduled to take place on Tuesday November 29 and Wednesday November 30 from 9am-1pm. Exact times and locations will be confirmed to successful candidates in early November. It is mandatory to attend one session. A member could expect to sit on a hearing between approximately one and four times in the SAP year. At the completion of a student’s term on the SAP, the student may request a letter noting their commitment and involvement with SAB and SDAC hearings signed by the Registrar for inclusion on their resume.
You need all the documents listed below when you apply: