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									                                        DURHAM UNIVERSITY
APPEAL TO SENATE ACADEMIC APPEALS COMMITTEE 2011/12
General Notes
It is your responsibility to read the procedure for Academic Appeals in Section VII of the General
Regulations in Volume 1 of the University Calendar. These notes are here to help you fill in the
appeals proforma. If there is a difference of interpretation the regulations take precedence over these
notes. Please note that you must appeal in writing using this form. Email communication is not
accepted. You are not permitted to appeal in person to any officer designated to investigate your
appeal.
Appeal Proforma Notes
Appeal Proforma Note 1
You may only appeal to Senate Academic Appeals Committee after your appeal to the Faculty has
concluded.
Appeal Proforma Note 2
You have the right to appeal to Senate Academic Appeals Committee within three weeks of the date
on which you receive notification that your appeal failed at the Faculty stage. Whilst the Senate
Academic Appeals Committee needs to know what type of decision you are appealing against, please
bear in mind that Senate Academic Appeals Committee is not set up to examine the substance of your
appeal, its role is essentially to check whether your appeal was dealt with properly at Faculty level. If
you have no new evidence to bring forward or no evidence that your appeal was incorrectly handled at
Faculty level; you should think carefully whether it is worthwhile to appeal to Senate Academic Appeals
Committee.
Appeal Proforma Note 3
(a) If you are claiming material defect within the Faculty Appeal investigation you must make direct
    reference to the regulation which was breached or the process which was incorrectly applied.
(b) If you are claiming new extenuating circumstances or medical evidence you MUST;
    (i) Enclose originals of supporting written evidence from an appropriately qualified
         person/medical practitioner/clinical psychologist or consultant.
    (ii) If this is previously unconsidered evidence, clearly state why you did not tell us about it at the
         time of your appeal to the Faculty.
Appeal Proforma Note 4
You should inform your College or Society if you intend to appeal and you are advised to consult the
Senior Tutor of your College. Advice may also be sought from the Durham Students’ Union Advice
Centre, Tel no: 0191 334 1775.
Appeal Proforma Note 5
It must be borne in mind that the powers of the Senate Academic Appeals Committee are strictly
limited. It cannot change your marks or your degree classification. The most favourable decision it
could make would be to refer your appeal back to the decision-making body for reconsideration.
Appeal Proforma Note 6
Please complete this section carefully to enable us to check that we have received all the supporting
information sent by you.
Appeal Proforma Note 7
You must make sure that you have given us full details of any information relevant to your appeal
because you are not normally permitted to introduce new information at a later stage.
In investigating your appeal, we will take every care to safeguard your privacy and confidentiality. We
will not disclose information you supply unless it is necessary to do so to progress your appeal. In this
case information will be disclosed on a need-to-know basis. In signing Section 7 of the appeals
proforma, you are giving your consent for us to disclose information on the appeal as outlined above.
             THIS FORM IS AVAILABLE IN ELECTRONIC OR LARGE PRINT VERSION ON
             REQUEST TO THE UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC SUPPORT OFFICE: TEL: 0191 334 6146

             IT IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON THE WEB VIA http://www.dur.ac.uk/academicsupport.office/appeals/




             For office use only:
             Date received by Secretariat:


             University Senate Academic Appeals Committee Proforma

             ACADEMIC YEAR 2011/12



             Section 1 – Student Details
             To be completed by the person submitting an appeal.
READ

Appeals
Proforma     Family name: ______________________________________________________________________________
Note 1
before
completing
             Forename(s): _______________________________________________________________________________
this
section      Address for correspondence: ___________________________________________________________________

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             [We will send all correspondence to the above address so please ensure that you notify us promptly of any change]




             Programme of Study: _________________________________________________________________________

             Department(s) of Study: _______________________________________________________________________

             Year of Study: _______________________________________________________________________________

             Student ID Number: __________________________________________________________________________

             [Undergraduate Students Only]
              College: __________________________________________________________________________

              Anonymous Examination number (if known) _______________________________________________________




              Section 2 –Decision appealed against at Faculty level
              [This section gives Senate Academic Appeals Committee information on the background to your appeal at
              Faculty level. Your appeal at Senate level will ONLY be considered on the grounds you state in Section 3
              below]
READ

Appeals       Please tick relevant box:
Proforma
Note 2        (a)    A confirmed decision of examiners. What exactly was the decision against which you are appealing?
before
completing
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              (b)    A decision of a University Committee or a University Officer on any academic matter within its
                     responsibility, affecting you.

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              Section 3 – Grounds for Appeal
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 Appeals      An appeal to the Senate Committee must be made within three weeks of the date of the notification of the
 Proforma     decision of the Dean or Deputy to the Dean that the original appeal was misconceived.
 Note 3
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 completing   Please note that under University regulations you can only appeal on the following grounds and tick
 this         applicable box(es). [Late appeals or appeals on any other grounds will be dismissed]
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              (a)    that you (the appellant) have evidence that parts of the relevant documented procedure were not applied
                     correctly at the Faculty Appeal stage and this procedural defect was significant enough to have
                     materially affected the decision, making it unsound;.

              (b)    that there is substantial and relevant new information that was previously unknown to you, or which for
                     a valid reason you were unable to disclose at the Faculty appeals stage and that the information is
                     significant enough to have materially affected the Faculty Appeal decision, making it unsound..


              [Please note also that you must supply appropriate evidence to back up your grounds for appeal]
             Section 4 – Further Explanation of Grounds of Appeal
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Appeals      Please provide a further explanation of your grounds for appeal. You must give information about EVERY
Proforma     ground for appeal you ticked in Section 3.
Note 4
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              Section 5 – Outcome Sought
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 Appeals
              What outcome do you seek?
 Proforma
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 completing
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              Section 6 – Documentation Attached
READ

Appeals
              I attach the following documentation with my appeal proforma. Please tick the relevant box.
Proforma
Note 6        a) Medical evidence
before
completing
this
              b) Other documentation                           Please specify ______________________________________
section
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              c) Total number of sheets of papers attached ____________________________________________________


              Section 7 – Declaration
READ

Appeals
              I declare that to the best of my knowledge all of the information I have supplied or attached with this form is true,
Proforma      accurate and complete.
Note 7
before        I give my consent for this information to be circulated to relevant members of staff on a need-to-know basis for the
completing
this
              purpose of investigating my appeal.
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              Signature of Appellant: _______________________________ Date: ___________________________________
PLEASE RETAIN A COPY OF THIS FORM AND ALL ITS ATTACHMENTS FOR
YOUR RECORDS.


Please send the completed proforma with attachments and ORIGINALS of any
medical certificates to:-


Mr J McKim
Assistant Registrar
Academic Support Office
University Office
Old Shire Hall
Durham
DH1 3HP

								
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