Unhappy with your marks and feedback? Want to appeal? Have an academic issue? Have no fear, we are here to help. Here at YSJSU we aim to give you guidance on how to apply for mitigating circumstances, submit appeals and complaints, and ensure you have the best academic experience we can provide.
If you have a query or just want to discuss a process, please do not hesitate to drop by the SU or email us to make an appointment. Here you will receive confidential and non-judgemental advice, we just want to help and make sure you get the best outcome.
So, which approach fits your circumstance?

Mitigating Circumstances

Sadly, sometimes you can face unexpected and unpleasant personal situations which can interfere with your academic work, which are often beyond anyone’s control and means you can’t work to your best ability. First off, speak to your academic tutor. You will need to complete a Mitigating Circumstances application and submit it to the relevant administrator as soon as the situation arises. If you aren’t too sure about how to fill out and submit this form then contact SU@yorksj.ac.uk

Academic Appeals

  1. The decision not to award you a degree/termination from degree
  2. The class of degree you are receiving
  3. The decision of whether you can progress with your studies
  4. The opportunity for re-assessment
  5. The mark you were awarded for an assessment (summative only)
  6. A decision reached by the Transfer Panel (research students only)

You cannot appeal against the academic judgement of examiners, just because you disagree.
If you need help submitting an appeal or want some advice, check out the leaflet below or please feel free to contact us, Contact us!

Academic Misconduct

Sometimes students can be accused of failing to act with academic integrity, thus gaining an unfair advantage in an assessment. The University does not tolerate this, and you can be accused of academic misconduct on a number of grounds:

  1. Plagiarism
  2. Having someone else write your essay
  3. Fraudulent or fabricated work
  4. Cheating in exams – through impersonation, using unauthorised materials or copying from another candidate
  5. Deception – for example faking mitigating circumstances
  6. Collusion – submitting work produced jointly with another student

There can be a number of penalties attached to academic misconduct. If you are going through a procedcure linked to academic misconduct and are seeking support and advice, please the students' Union directly, YSJSU

Fitness to practice/study procedure

If your fitness to practice/study is questioned, this means that the University believes you are not suitable to study/practice (practice applies to courses such as OT, Physio or Primary Education). There are many examples of how your suitability can be questioned, such as:

The University has a duty of care to its community and is bound by health and safety legislation, which means it is therefore obliged to take action if a student presents a risk to themselves or others.
For more information on these procedures, and support and advice, contact YSJSU.

  1. Alcohol, drug or substance abuse
  2. Harrassment, abuse of others, violence, indecency and unprofessional behaviour
  3. Health problems which could disrupt a student’s own study, or the studying of others