Reviewing and appealing academic decisions relating to students

How do I have an academic decision reviewed?

The University Policy on Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students streamlines University responses in a supportive, student-friendly way and affects both undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students.

You can review and, if appropriate proceed further with an appeal of a decision relating to an academic matter in the following ways:

  • Stage 1: Ask original decision-maker for review: If you are concerned about the validity of a decision that affects your UWA academic outcomes, standing or progress you can request a review of the decision by the original decision-maker (Stage 1)
  • Stage 2: Seek a review by a higher authority: If the above did not resolve the problem and the required grounds are met, you can seek an additional level of review by a higher authority (Stage 2)
  • Stage 3: Appeal to the University’s Appeals Committee of the Academic Board: If matters are not resolved satisfactorily at the above review stages, you may appeal on the grounds published in the policy to the University’s Appeals Committee of the Academic Board. Their decision will be final.

There are time limits for review and appeal processes. In 2021 the University has moved to online submission of requests. These and further details about the University Policy on Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions relating to Students are available online. You can also seek further guidance from your student adviser in your Student Advice Office, which is available through studentConnect. You may also want to talk to a Guild Student Assist Officer who can assist with an application.

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