Regulation XIV – Student Appeals Against Programme Board or Review Board decisions

The following guidance is provided for students who wish to make an appeal under Regulation XIV and should be read in conjunction with the Regulation at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/governance/regulations/14/current/. Further advice and assistance in relation to submitting an appeal is available from Loughborough Students Voice, based in the Students’ Union (http://www.lsu.co.uk/voice/).

 

1. Grounds for appeal

1.1 Regulation XIV sets out the grounds for appeal as:

  • (i) that there were serious circumstances affecting the student of which the Programme Board or Review Board was not made aware when it took its decision;
  • (ii) that there were procedural irregularities in the conduct of the assessment or of the Programme Board or Review Board;
  • (iii) that there is evidence of prejudice or bias against the candidate on the part of one or more of the Examiners which was not available at the Programme Board or Review Board.

1.2 Challenges to the academic judgement of examiners are not considered a ground for appeal. It is also not considered a ground for appeal to have missed a degree classification by a small margin.

1. 3 It is important to note that appeals will only be considered where you are able to demonstrate good cause for not having informed the Academic Registrar of your circumstances through the submission of a timely Impaired Performance (IP) claim.

 

2. Making an appeal

2.1 If you feel that you have grounds for appeal under one of the points above you should submit an appeal to the Academic Registrar within 10 working days of the publication of the decision of the Programme Board or Review Board (i.e. within 10 working days of your results being posted on LEARN).

2.2 Appeals should be submitted using the Regulation XIV appeal form which can be downloaded from the link below:

2.3 It is important to complete all sections of the form and to include supporting evidence with your appeal. Appeals will not normally be considered without supporting evidence.

2.4 Appeals should be submitted to the Academic Registrar electronically via StudentAppeals@lboro.ac.uk. (Please note that you may be required to submit original hard copy supporting documentation at a later stage).

Alternatively, appeals may be submitted in hard copy, as below:

  • In person, at the Student Enquiries Counter in the Rutland Building, on the Loughborough Campus.
  • By post to: Academic Registrar (REGULATION XIV APPEAL), c/o Student Enquiries, Rutland Building, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU.  (Please note that if you submit your appeal by post, you should ensure you obtain proof of posting, so that you are able to demonstrate that your appeal was submitted on time in the event of it not reaching the University prior to the deadline).

Regardless of the method of submission, your appeal must reach the University no later than 10 working days after the publication of your results by the Programme Board or Review Board.

 

3. Consideration of your appeal

3.1 Upon receipt of your appeal the Academic Registrar (or nominee) will consider your appeal and make one of the following decisions:

  • (i) To dismiss the appeal, where the case is not in accordance with the permitted grounds for appeals set out in 1.1 above;
  • (ii) To dismiss the appeal as although it may relate to one or more of the grounds for appeals you have not demonstrated good cause for the delay in drawing the matters concerned to the University's attention (through the submission of a timely IP claim);
  • (iii) To dismiss the appeal as although it may relate to one or more of the grounds for appeals, you have not provided sufficient evidence in support of the appeal and it is unlikely that further investigation will bring such evidence to light;
  • (iv) To refer the appeal for further consideration where, in the opinion of the Academic Registrar, you have demonstrated good cause for the delay in drawing the matters concerned to the University's attention or it is possible that information relating to the case for good cause, or evidence in support of the appeal, may emerge through further investigation of the appeal.

3.2  You will be informed of the Academic Registrar’s decision within 5 working days of receipt of your full appeal documentation.

3.3  Appeals that are referred under 3.1 (iv) above will be considered by the Dean of a Faculty other than your own. A report will be submitted from the Chair of the Programme/Review Board in relation to your appeal and you will be given an opportunity to comment on this report before the Dean considers your case.

3.4  After consideration of the case the Dean will make one of the following decisions:

  • (i) To dismiss the appeal in which case you will be given the reasons for the decision in writing. There is no further right of appeal against this decision.
  • (ii) To uphold the appeal (the case will then be referred back to the Programme or Review Board for reconsideration)
  • (iii) To refer the case for further investigation by an Academic Appeals Committee.

3.5 Details of the process for the consideration of an appeal by and Academic Appeals Committee can be found in Regulation XIV at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/calendar/regulations/current/14/index.htm#aac.