Governance

Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students

Process for Review Stage 1, Stage 2 and Appeal

The University has robust systems in place governing the quality and standards of our degree courses and aims to provide an outstanding student experience. We endeavour to ensure that you will enjoy and be satisfied with your course at UWA. All students are encouraged to be aware of their rights and responsibilities as described in the University Charter of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

In accordance with the University Policy on Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students, a student may request a review of an academic decision relating to them, and to appeal if they are dissatisfied with the outcome of that review.

The University upholds the principle that students should have the opportunity to review and/or raise appeals against academic decisions without fear of disadvantage and in the knowledge that confidentiality will be respected.

The University manages review and appeals of academic decisions relating to students as follows:

Review:

Stage 1: Where academic decisions relating to students are reviewed by the original decision-maker or decision-making body.

Stage 2: Where academic decisions relating to students are reviewed by a higher authority appointed by the Registrar.

It is anticipated that the bulk of matters will be resolved satisfactorily at either Stage 1 or Stage 2.

Appeal: 

A review at Stage 1 or Stage 2 must have occurred before a student can appeal against an academic decision. 

Review Stage 1A student who is concerned about the validity of a decision that affects their academic outcomes, standing or progress at the University is entitled to request a review of that decision by the original decision-maker or decision-making body.

 

Review Stage 2 A student who is not satisfied with the outcome of Review Stage 1 and believes, in accordance with policy, there are grounds for further review (refer to policy link above), may request the case to be reviewed by a higher authority at Stage 2.

 

Appeal If matters are not resolved satisfactorily at Review Stage 1 or Stage 2 where relevant, students may appeal to the Appeals Committee of the Academic Board, whose decision is final within the University.  The Appeals Committee is a standing committee of the Academic Board and will meet when there are matters to be heard. 

Next Step - Submission Process

  • In accordance with the timelines provided in the policy, students must ensure that the appropriate form has been completed and emailed to the appropriate office as follows:
Review items (Stage 1 and Stage 2) and Appeal Email to:
  • Final Grade/Mark
  • Assessment Outcome
  • Progress Status
  • Academic Decision

allocated course advising Faculty Student Office as follows:

Academic Decisions made by non-faculty offices