Academic Appeals

 

 

The process to submit an Academic Appeal application has recently changed. You are now required to complete the application online rather in hard copy. You can access the application form via this link.

 

Are you unhappy about a decision that the University has made in relation to your studies? Many students face a situation through no fault of their own whereby a series of events have occurred which has affected the outcome of an exam, assignment result, or that a wrongful allegation has been made against you. The Academic Appeals procedure enables you to challenge a decision made by the University.

CHECKLIST - What do I do next?

If you decide to submit an Academic Appeal application you need to do the following:

 

  • Create an Account. The process to submit an Academic Appeal application has recently changed. You are now required to do this online and you will need to register a new account to submit your application form. This account is NOT linked to your BPP VLE account, so you will need to register if it is your first time using this system. You can create an account by clicking here. Please then select 'My Applications' on the left hand side of the page after you have logged in. Scroll down until you find the application named 'BPP University Academic Appeals'.

 

  • Submit before the deadline: You have 20 working days from the date of the decision made by the University for your application to be received by the Office of Regulation & Compliance (ORC). For example, this could be the date that the exam or assignment result was officially released, or the decision reached by a panel as a result of an academic misconduct hearing. Warning! If your appeal is late, you will need to explain why you were physically or mentally incapable of submitting within the deadline.

 

  • Decide on what grounds you are submitting your appeal: Were there A) administrative or procedural errors B) a judgement that was unfair or unreasonable, or do you C) have new evidence that you could not show to the University before?

 

  • Gather your evidence immediately: It is really important to provide all the relevant evidence to support your application. For example, do you have evidence from a recognised medical professional or expert such as a GP or Consultant that supports your statement regarding your health at the time? Does the evidence contain key details such as dates and times that the unexpected event / situation occurred? If it is not an email, the document needs to be signed by the author of the document.

 

  • Write a strong statement: Many applications fail because they do not fully explain what occurred. If you cannot explain how and why the University has made an incorrect decision and link this to the evidence provided, your application is likely to be rejected.

 

  • Stay on action: In some cases, a result or decision may have prevented you from continuing your studies. As soon as you have obtained written confirmation that your application has been received by ORC, you can continue to attend lectures and complete assignments on all module subjects that you are not appealing against. You must inform your Programme Leader, Student Records, the Examination Team and if you have one your Programme Support Officer to ensure that they are all aware.

Please click here to learn about how to submit your application.

 When can you NOT APPEAL?

I feel I did better than the result I was given, can I appeal an exam or assignment mark?

You cannot make an appeal based on your disagreement with academic judgement, unless there are other significant factors that may have affected the outcome of a decision. For example, as a result of a procedural error made by the University, which affected the amount of time you were allocated to complete an assessment or exam. You will need to provide evidence to show that this procedural error occurred. The University will expect you to demonstrate how the event or situation affected your performance.

What happens next?

The Regulation and Compliance Officer will email you to inform you of the outcome of your appeal, whether this is accepted or rejected at the initial consideration stage, or whether the Academic Appeals Board upholds or rejects your appeal.

 

To access the new Academic Appeal Form, please click here

All correspondence regarding your Academic Appeals application will be sent via email to the account you provide in your online submission.