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What to do if you are asked to leave your course

What to do if you are asked to leave your course

If you have been asked to leave your university or college course because of a failed examination or coursework and assessments not being completed, but you have strong mitigating circumstances as to why this has happened, then all may not be lost.

There are certain procedures that universities and colleges have to follow if they want to exclude a  student. If these procedures are not adhered to correctly or if you have extenuating reasons that have  impacted on your performance that can be proved, then you may be able to build a strong appeal against  the decision.

Here are some tips on what to do if you are facing this situation:

Act swiftly – any kind of appeal normally has a set time limit which should be indicated in the letter  informing you of your exclusion. It’s imperative that you stick to this deadline, research the university  rules and regulations about making an appeal, collate your evidence and draft your appeal accordingly.

Collating evidence – if illness has caused you to fail your examination or prevented you from  completing coursework then you must get a letter from the hospital or GP to confirm your illness. If  there are emotional reasons as to why you might have failed; perhaps bereavement or parents going  through a divorce, then you need to gather evidence to prove this.

Read the rules and regulations carefully – the appeal process of your university needs to be adhered to correctly. You need to construct your arguments appropriately and make sure that your grounds for  appeal are valid.

Construct your appeal with strong attention to detail – there’s a lot at stake here. The strength of  your appeal could make or break your university life and your eventual career so it’s crucial that you  follow instructions, use the right forms, present your facts clearly, construct your arguments and relate  them to the rules and regulations of the appeal process.

To be excluded from your course after a long period of studying and preparing for what you hoped  would be your future career is a bitter pill to have to swallow. This is why you need to build a strong  case and present your arguments carefully to get the decision reversed. At Match Solicitors we have  assisted hundreds of students who have been asked to leave their course and we can help you create a  strong appeal that will give you the best chance of being reinstated. To discuss your case, contact us  now.


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