The Procedures for the submission of Appeals against decisions of Assessment Boards and exist to protect students against the possibility of unfair assessment or from unforeseen circumstances. Please see the full information below.
These procedures also provide an appeal mechanism for students whose student status has been terminated (e.g. discontinuation of studies) by the University. These procedures form Section 10.4 and 10.8 of the University’s Academic Regulations 2014/15, and the grounds under which students can appeal are very specific. Appeals may not be made in respect of academic judgement or in respect of rejected claims for mitigating circumstances.
IMPORTANT NOTE - if you believe you have a disability or long-term medical condition:
The Appeal Procedure is a retrospective process that solely considers unforeseen circumstances in respect of assessment deadlines that have passed. As such, this is not the correct Procedure to use if you have a disability or a long-term medical condition (unless it has suddenly deteriorated) and wish to be considered for future assessment adjustments and support.
If you have a disability/long-term medical condition requiring adjustments or you would like to discuss your eligibility for support, please contact the Disabilities and Dyslexia Service (DDS). Adjustments can be put in place throughout the year.
If you are already registered with the DDS but your circumstances have changed, please contact the DDS as soon as possible to ensure that the correct adjustments are in place for you.
For further information: https://intranet.londonmet.ac.uk/studentservices/dyslexia-disabilities
The deadline for submitting an appeal is 10 working days from the date of publication of the result(s) concerned; however, if you do wish to submit an appeal you are encouraged to do so as early as is practicable.Submitting your Appeal:
Students are advised to read the Procedures for the submission of Appeals against decisions of Assessment Boards and where appropriate, the mitigating circumstances criteria, very carefully prior to making an appeal. Applications, which do not meet the criteria as described, will not be considered. If you require additional advice or assistance please refer to the contact details below, or contact your Student Hub.
Your completed form and supporting evidence must be submitted in person to an Student Hub by the specified deadline, or by post to the Student Casework Office, to arrive by the specified deadline. Appeals received after the deadline cannot normally be considered.
Ground of Appeal - Procedural Defect
That the University did not act in accordance with the relevant Regulations and/or Procedures in the provision and execution of the assessment process and that this, in turn, had a significant impact on the student.
Appeals under this ground may relate to:
- the outcome of an assessment;
- a procedural defect/irregularity in the assessment process;
- bias or perception of bias;
- an error relating to the recording of marks. Students should only appeal in this regard if they were unable for good reason to submit a Module Query Form to their Student Hub within two weeks of the publication date of the mark in question or if the University has not resolved the query within 20 working days;
- the requirements for awarding qualifications
Furthermore, under this ground, a student may claim that their performance was impaired in assessment(s) taken prior to being issued a University Internal Needs Assessment Report (INAR) approving assessment related adjustments. Such appeals will normally only be considered for assessments undertaken in the same academic year in which the INAR was issued.
Ground of Appeal - Mitigating Circumstances
That the student had been affected by mitigating circumstances which prevented him or her from submitting an item of assessed work by the due deadline or attending an examination; or, impaired academic performance in an examination, to which the student was unable, for good reason, to draw proper attention via the University’s Mitigating Circumstances Procedures.
Coursework: Appeals in respect of impaired academic performance in coursework are not permitted, except in the case of students who have taken assessment prior to being issued a University Internal Needs Assessment Report (INAR) approving assessment related adjustments. Such appeals will normally only be considered for assessments undertaken in the same academic year in which the INAR was issued. In these cases students should submit a Procedural Defect Appeal.
Appeals made under this ground will be assessed against the criteria set down in the Procedures for submission of Mitigating Circumstances.
Please note that appeals in respect of mitigating circumstances will only be considered where a student can demonstrate good reason for not submitting a mitigating circumstances claim by the deadline (4 weeks from the deadline for submission, date of the exam etc.). Being unaware of the deadline will not be accepted as good reason.
Ground of Appeal -Termination of Student Registration
- That the University did not act in accordance with the relevant Regulations and/or Procedures in terminating the student’s registration; and/or
- The student has been affected by mitigating circumstances which had a significant long-term impact, but which for good reason, they had previously been unable to disclose via the appropriate University procedures.
‘Termination of Student Registration’ is a decision to terminate a student’s enrolment at the University where they shall cease to be a student of the University.
Please note that Termination of Student Registration Appeals will be considered by the Student Casework Office.
Please note that appeals are, by their nature, often complex, requiring dialogue with various University offices to determine a full and accurate record and understanding of the events concerned. All appeals are considered on their individual merits and unfortunately this can sometimes mean that decisions take some time to reach.
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