Student Handbook

8.ACADEMIC APPEALS

You may appeal a decision related to academic assessment, or exclusion for not meeting the course requirements.

8.1INVESTIGATION OF APPEALS AGAINST ASSESSMENT RESULTS
  • Appeals against an assessment result must be lodged with the Director of Award Courses within five days of the results being posted online on the grounds that:
  • Assessment requirements were varied without consultation or in an unreasonable way;
  • Assessment requirements were applied in a discriminatory way; or
  • Due regard was not paid to evidence of illness or misadventure advised during the semester that purports to explain poor performance in the subject.

Appeals against a decision relating to assessment must be made in writing stating the grounds for the appeal. Documentary evidence should be supplied with the application where relevant.

  • On receipt of the appeal against assessment, the Director of Award Courses will investigate your claim including:
  • Seeking a written response from the relevant Course Leader or Lecturer to be provided within five working days;
  • Reviewing any information on discussions that may have been conducted between you, teaching staff and/or the Student Centre;
  • Receiving a copy of the assessed work that is the subject of the appeal and the details of the criteria used to assess the student’s work;
  • Any other information relevant to the appeal.

Once in receipt of this information, the Director of Award Courses or delegate assesses the appeal within 10 working days and may recommend that a change of mark or final result is warranted.

If so the Director of Award Courses will advise you, the relevant faculty member, and the Student Centre who will change the mark.

If the Director of Award Courses believes further investigation is warranted s/he may convene an Academic Appeals Committee.

8.2 ACADEMIC APPEALS COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Academic Appeals Committee is to ensure that due process has been followed, not to reassess academic judgment. The Academic Appeals Committee will be comprised of the Director of Award Courses (Chair), Head of Teaching and Learning and one other delegate appointed by the Director of Award Courses.

Appeals against a decision relating to exclusion from a course of study for failure to meet academic requirements must be lodged with the Director of Award Courses within five days of being notified of the decision on the grounds that:

  • Equal opportunity principles were not applied; or
  • There were factors outside the student’s control which contributed to failure to meet the required academic standards to date and that those factors are unlikely to operate in the future.

Appeals against a decision relating to exclusion for failure to meet course requirements must be made in writing. Documentary evidence should be supplied with the application where relevant.

If the Director believes further investigation is warranted s/he may convene the Academic Appeals Committee.

The Academic Appeals Committee will hear an appeal made under this policy within ten working days of the receipt of that appeal from the Director of Award Courses.

All documentation submitted to the Academic Appeals Committee will be made available to you and all other parties to the appeal at least two working days before the date set down for the hearing or as they become available.

The Academic Appeals Committee may seek written evidence or hold interviews with relevant parties at its discretion. This would generally include you (the appellant), the relevant Course Leader/Lecturer and the Head of Student Services.

If you are required to appear before the committee, you are entitled to have a support person at the meeting. Please advise the Chair of the Committee if a support person will be in attendance.

The Academic Appeals Committee will make its decision within five working days of the hearing and will inform you of its decision within two working days of the decision being made. The decision will be in writing and will be sent to the last email address provided by you and held by the Student Centre.

The decision of AFTRS will be final.

Acknowledgement

The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.