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?
No decision can be left unturned. If you have received a decision from the university you don’t agree with, and it falls in the guidelines below, then you can appeal that decision. Wanting to appeal? You can download the form here and why not come in for a chat? We have a dedicated team on hand to take you through the process. But please be advised, each appeal is dealt with on a case by case – we cannot successfully identify the outcome (if only it was that simple). First of all please consider if your appeal fits in the grounds of the following:
Mitigating circumstances that the institution/examiners were not aware of
Mitigating circumstances that the institution/examiners were not aware of but there is sufficient evidence to state procedure was not followed
A procedural irregularity has occurred (the assessment was carried out unfairly, the assessment was biased)
If it does, then proceed to decide on what you are appealing on:
The decision not to award you a degree/termination from degree
The class of degree you are receiving
The decision of whether you can progress with your studies
The opportunity for re-assessment
The mark you were awarded for an assessment (summative only)
A decision reached by the Transfer Panel (research students only)
We are human, and we make mistakes. Academic misconduct is a term which covers a broad range of topics from plagiarism (making others work appear as your own) to poor scholarship (not referencing correctly). If you are suspected of plagiarism you will be called to a meeting by your lecturers, if this happens you can seek support from the SU by contacting us at email@example.com The university’s policy for misconduct can be found here https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/ssr/policies-and-regulations-/academic-misconduct/
Submitted an essay? Got a similar topic to write about? Be very careful; it is easy to slip into the mistake of using your previous work to inform your current – using your own work is known as ‘self-plagiarism’ and is still an offence. If you are in the danger zone then please remember to reference your work as you would any other. If you are suspected of self-plagiarism, as always the SU is on hand to provide support throughout the process.
Possibly the most common find, poor scholarship A.K.A bad referencing/paraphrasing is often found in written assignments when work has been incorrectly referenced or paraphrased in such a way that it is almost verbatim what was said by the initial author. You will initially be informed that you have been suspected of misconduct, and it will be at the meeting that the severity of the case is assessed. The university’s policy for misconduct can be found here https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/ssr/policies-and-regulations-/academic-misconduct/
Fitness to practice/study procedure
Sometimes we find that not everything goes to plan when undertaking a professional or vocational degree. These meetings are called under circumstances such as non-attendance, failing placements and so on. But support is always on hand, just contact one of the team and we can chat to you about it.
Often called when attendance has been low, or performance is called into question. The Students’ Union can meet with you to discuss the meeting and attend as an advocate at the meeting itself. If you want to meet with a member of the team then contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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