If you wish to apply for a review of a University decision, you may lodge a request for a review. You may also appeal the University's decision through the appeal process.
Can I apply for a review?
You can apply for a review of a University decision if:
- you apply within 21 working days of receiving notice of the decision
- the decision is 'reviewable'.
|Type of 'reviewable' decision||Description||Example|
|General misconduct decision||A decision made about the general misconduct of a student under University regulations.||A student engages in threatening behaviour. The student is suspended for the remainder of the semester.|
|Academic misconduct decision||A decision made about the academic misconduct of a student under University regulations.||A student cheats in an assessment task. The responsible staff member decides that the student will receive no grade for that item of assessment.|
|Reviewable administrative decision||A final decision made by the University in response to a student complaint, other than a frivolous or trivial complaint.||A student submits an assessment item late. The responsible staff member takes off 10% of the assessed mark. The student complains that the penalty is too harsh. The responsible staff member considers the student's complaint and decides to not alter the penalty.|
|Student unsatisfactory progress decision||A decision in respect of a student who has failed to maintain satisfactory academic progress.||A student has failed several subjects in a program. The academic unit reviews the student's progress in the program and decides to exclude the student.|
|Reviewable statutory decision||A decision in respect of which University legislation or other applicable legislation allows or requires a review.||The Higher Education Support Act 2003 requires a process of review in relation to the remission of fees.|
|Deemed refusal||A decision, which a student has applied for but after 21 working days has not been made by the University, and if it had been made it would have been a reviewable decision affecting the applicant in their capacity as a student.|
An appeal is the second step in the review and appeals process. If you have received a review outcome and you are dissatisfied with the University’s decision, you can apply for an appeal of that decision.
Can I apply for an appeal?
You can apply for an appeal of a University decision if:
- you have received a review outcome
- you apply within 21 working days of receiving notice of the review decision
- you have one or more grounds for appeal.
Grounds for appeal
You must identify one or more of the following grounds for appeal:
- There was relevant evidence which could not have been known by you prior to the review and was not taken into account by the review officer.
- A procedural irregularity occurred which may have affected the review officer's decision.
- The decision was manifestly wrong.
- The penalty imposed was manifestly excessive.
- The review officer failed to make a decision within 21 working days