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Academic Appeals

Students will sometimes fail a particular module, an exam, or a piece of coursework that may have different types of consequences.  For example, you may find that the university or college has decided that you must repeat that assignment again, or that you must repeat the year.  It is also common for universities or colleges to decide that you must be terminated from your course because of the failure.

Challenging the decision

The decision of the university or college is always subject to challenge.  Most universities will have an Academic Appeal procedure that gives you the right to challenge the decision made.  These procedures must be complied with by the university or college to ensure that you are treated fairly.  It is important to remember, however, that academic judgment is not challengeable.

The internal procedures of a university or college will usually allow for a written submission to be made.  The decision maker will then decide whether the decision should be changed or whether you must appear before a panel to present your case.  Some university or college procedures will allow you to be legally represented at the panel hearing.

Obtain early advice

The team at Match Solicitors have dealt with hundreds of Academic Appeals in any given year.  If you believe you have a case for an Academic Appeal, it is important that you get your advice early as there are a number of points that can be raised in an appeal submission that may not be immediately evident to you.  For example, you may not be aware of all the public law rights that would be engaged when you are dealing with a university’s internal procedures.

We are skilled at drafting the initial submission, ensuring all the relevant evidence is available, dealing with any response from the university or college and ensuring you get a fair hearing.

A good submission to the university can be the difference between completing your degree or not.  It is therefore very important that you get your advice early and swiftly.

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