Appeal Against a Decision made Under the Regulations as to Progress of Students

Purpose

The Progress of Students Regulations allow a student to appeal, on specified grounds, against a decision of the Faculty Student Review Committee to the Senate Appeals Panel.

Grounds

You may only appeal against a decision of the Committee upon one or more of the following grounds:

  1. that there was a material procedural irregularity which rendered the process leading to the initial decision unfair;
  2. that material which the student could not reasonably have been expected to produce at the time of the initial decision casts substantial doubt upon the appropriateness of that decision;
  3. that the initial decision was manifestly unreasonable.

Process

Complete the Progress Appeals form included with the decision letter sent out to you following the Faculty Student Review Committee hearing, as per the instructions in the letter.

Contact

Advice for Students

The Student Advice Centre can offer independent advice to students.

Regulations

Read the General Regulations relating to the Progress of Students for the relevant academic year in the

Procedures

External Review

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) runs an independent scheme to review student complaints. The University of Sheffield is a member of this scheme. If the student is unhappy with the outcome they may be able to ask the OIA to review their case. Information about making a complaint to the OIA, what it can and cannot look at, and what it can do to put things right is available on the OIA website:

The student normally needs to have completed the Student Complaints Procedure before they can complain to the OIA. The student will receive a “Completion of Procedures Letter” when they have reached the end of the procedure, and there are no further steps they can take internally. The Student Advice Centre can advise on the OIA review process.