Answered By: Hayley Hughes
Last Updated: Dec 27, 2017     Views: 870

These procedures refer to the University of Roehampton, London Online Academic Regulations (Taught Degree Regulations). They cover only appeals regarding academic decisions; any other grievances should be pursued through more appropriate channels such as the Complaints Procedure (click here for more information) or Academic Misconduct Hearing Panel (click here for more information). 

Overview:

All grades awarded by a faculty member are provisional until they have been confirmed by the University Board following a recommendation from the Programme Examination Board. A student may appeal against the decision of a Programme Examinations Board or the Awards and Progression Board, or against a decision to terminate his/her registration under the provisions of Section 10 and only under one or more of the three provisions set out below.

A student may not appeal against the academic judgment of a Faculty member.  If a student disputes the grade awarded for a piece of assessed work they should first attempt to resolve this informally by requesting further clarification or feedback from the assessor or Programme Director. 

Appeals may only be made if there are grounds for an appeal. The University’s regulations stipulate that the only legitimate grounds for appeal are:

  • that there were procedural irregularities or administrative errors which are sufficient to cast reasonable doubt on the overall fairness of the decision, or which have resulted in the decision being recorded incorrectly;
  • that the student’s academic performance was substantially affected by circumstances which were unknown to those making the decision and which the student could not with reasonable diligence have disclosed before the decision was made;
  • that there is evidence of prejudice or bias against the student on the part of one or more of the individuals involved in making the decision which is sufficient to cast reasonable doubt on the overall fairness of the decision

For more information, see this overview of the Academic Appeals process.

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