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Constitution of the Appeals Committee

This committee operates in accordance with the Principles and Rules for the Operation of Committees. Members must act in accordance with the University Committee Members' Code of Conduct.


Position of the Committee within the University of Western Australia

1. The Appeals Committee is a standing committee of the Academic Board.


2. The role of the Appeals Committee is to—

(a) consider appeals by students in relation to the outcomes of reviews of—

(i) assessment outcomes;

(ii) final grades or final marks;

(iii) progress status; and

(iv) academic decisions;

(b) take whatever steps it considers necessary, which may include an interview with the student and relevant members of staff, to investigate the appeal matter; and

(c) determine an appropriate outcome in accordance with its powers set out in Clause 3.

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3.(1) The Appeals Committee may with respect to an appeal against—

(a) an assessment outcome:

(i) determine that no further action is required; or

(ii) request the dean to review a decision (including arranging for assessment of work) in light of new information or the committee's findings and report back to the committee;

(b) a final grade or final mark:

(i) confirm the final grade or final mark; or

(ii) amend the final grade or final mark;

(c) progress status:

(i) confirm the progress status; or

(ii) amend the progress status; and

(d) an academic decision:

(i) endorse the decision of the senior officer; or

(ii) determine an alternative outcome.

(2) The Appeals Committee may provide a report and/or make recommendations to the member of the University Executive with responsibility for the relevant portfolio on matters of general concern arising from appeals.

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4.(1) The Appeals Committee comprises:

(a) the Chair of the Academic Board, or nominee, as Chair;

(b) the Academic Secretary, or nominee;

(c) at least four academic staff members elected by and from the Academic Board of which two are required to be present in an appeals hearing;

(d) at least two professional staff members elected by and from the Academic Board of which one is required to be present in an appeals hearing;

(e) the President of the Guild of Undergraduates, or nominee for matters relating to undergraduate studies; and/or

(f) the President of the Postgraduate Students' Association, or nominee for matters relating to postgraduate studies.

2.(1) The term of office of members elected under 4.1(c) and 4.1(d) is up to two years.

(2) Members elected under 4.1(c) and 4.1(d) are eligible to be re-elected but must not serve for more than three consecutive terms.

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Skills and/or qualifications of members and nominees

5.(1) Members elected under 4.1(c) must be a senior academic.

(2) It is desirable that the member elected under 4.1(d) have at least five years' experience as a member of staff of this or another tertiary institution

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6. The quorum for the Appeals Committee is all members present.

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7.(1) Each member has a vote.

(2) The Chair has an ordinary vote and a casting vote.

(3) All appeals which come before the Committee are decided by a majority of the members present and voting.

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Frequency of meetings

8. The Appeals Committee meets when there are matters to be heard.

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9.(1) The Chair has delegated authority to:

(a) progress an appeal to the Appeals Committee for a hearing;

(b) summarily dismiss an appeal if—

(i) the appeal is made on grounds other than those permitted in the relevant policy;

(ii) the review process specified in the relevant policy has not taken place; or

(iii) the Chair considers that the appeal is frivolous or vexatious.

(c) explore other means of resolution in cases where an agreeable negotiated solution is regarded as likely and/or a hearing by the Committee is regarded as disproportionate in terms of time and cost. 

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Communication map

A communications map illustrating where information comes to the committee from and which committees or groups need to be informed of the committee's decisions.

Appeals Committee Local Communication Map 

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