(1) This policy provides the framework for appeals on academic assessment and its objectives are to ensure that such appeals are dealt with fairly, equitably, reasonably and transparently, while maintaining the academic quality and rigour of the University's assessment processes.
(2) It addresses the regulatory requirements relating to academic assessment appeals established under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 through the Higher Education Standards Framework, and those established under the Educational Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 through The National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (National Code 2007).
(3) The Academic Assessment Appeals Policy must be read in conjunction with the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.
(4) This policy applies from the date of approval. This policy applies to:
(5) The only exception is UNE students enrolled in units with the prefix MEDI in the Joint Medical Program (JMP).
(6) Appeals against the results from an academic assessment task will be dealt with promptly and consideration of an appeal must commence within ten (10) working days of the receipt of the appeal.
(7) Staff and students involved in an appeal against an academic assessment outcome must be treated with respect, and must meet confidentiality and privacy requirements.
(8) Appeals against assessment must be managed in accordance with the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.
(9) Where an appeal has been lodged against a recommendation/determination that a student's enrolment be terminated, the University must maintain that student's enrolment while the appeal process is ongoing. International students accessing the external appeals process for exclusion for insufficient course progress must have their enrolment maintained until the external process is complete and supports the University's decision.
(10) If the appeal process results in a decision that supports the student, the University will immediately implement any decision and/or correction and preventative action required and will advise the student of the outcome.
(11) Appeals addressed in this policy and the related procedures are related to:
(12) Students are responsible for:
(13) Academic staff are responsible for becoming familiar and complying with this policy and the related procedures.
(14) Heads of School are responsible for:
(15) The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (PVCA) is responsible for advising relevant Schools and Directorates on complying with and implementing this policy and the related procedures.
(16) The PVCA is responsible for:
(17) The Deputy Vice-Chancellor is responsible for considering appeals under Paragraph 11g of this policy.
(18) Students must be informed that once an appeal has been fully heard, they have a right to lodge a complaint with the NSW Ombudsman.
(19) Student examination scripts should be retained securely by the School until the end of the appeal period, including the period in which an application might be made to the courts or the NSW Ombudsman, after which they should be destroyed, according to privacy guidelines.
(20) Non-examination assessment tasks should be returned to the student in compliance with the Assessment Policy.
(21) Actions relating to the implementation of this policy must be recorded and lodged in the University's electronic records repository.
(22) In the event of a conflict between this policy and any School rule, policy or practice, this policy shall take precedence.
(23) Substantive amendments or revisions of this policy must be approved by Academic Board.
(24) The PVCA will monitor the effectiveness of this policy and its related procedures and ensure their relevance and currency by: