If you are dissatisfied with a decision of the Board of Examiners in your School, you may appeal on grounds to the Faculty Student Appeals Committee (FSAC).
Below are answers to your Frequently Asked Questions. Students are also referred to the Academic Appeal Regulations (Taught Programmes) and General Provisions Relating to Academic Appeals, Conduct, Academic Offences and Student Complaints.
- Who can help with my FSAC appeal?
- When can I appeal?
You can only appeal once your confirmed results have been published, paying particular attention to the deadline for appeals.
- Is there a deadline to submit a FSAC appeal?
The FSAC deadline can be found here
Your fully completed FSAC Appeal Form, along with all supporting evidence, must be sent to Academic Affairs (email@example.com) within ten working days of the date of the University deadline for publication of results.
In some Schools, the assessment period may differ from the University assessment period, in which case the deadlines for submission of exceptional circumstances or appeals to FSAC will also differ from the University's published deadline. In these instances, the School deadline will apply. It is your responsibility to ascertain the correct deadline applied by your School.
- What if I miss the appeal deadline?
If you miss the appeal deadline, the Committee will not normally consider your appeal.
A late appeal may only be considered if you can demonstrate that you were unable to submit an appeal before the deadline due to circumstances beyond your control (e.g. hospitalisation).
You cannot submit a late appeal after you have graduated.
What is normally considered circumstances beyond my control?
Examples of reasons that would normally be accepted as sufficient cause for a late appeal include:
- Hospitalisation for an unexpected illness or accident at the time of the appeal deadline. Medical evidence is required to support this reason for a late appeal and must detail the dates of admission to and discharge from hospital.
- Severe mental health illness, which meant that, at the time of the appeal deadline, you were unfit to engage with the appeal process. Medical evidence is required to support this reason for a late appeal. This medical evidence must provide a clear medical diagnosis or opinion and must indicate how this impacted on your ability to engage with the appeal process at the time of the appeal deadline. If the condition was ongoing for some time (eg depression/anxiety), the medical evidence must set out when you first sought medical assistance and explain why you were unable to engage with the appeal process at the time of the appeal deadline, particularly if you continued to engage with your programme of study.
- Serious illness or bereavement of a family member, partner or close friend, which meant that you were unfit to engage with the appeal process at the time of the appeal deadline. Medical evidence is required to support this reason for a late appeal. This medical evidence must provide a clear medical opinion on how this impacted on your ability to engage with the process at the time of the appeal deadline.
- Being a victim of crime. A crime reference number would normally be required as evidence of this.
What is not considered circumstances beyond my control?
Examples of reasons that would not normally be accepted as sufficient cause for a late appeal include:
- Forgetting/not being aware of the deadline
- Ongoing physical or mental health issues
- Holidays/being in a different time zone
- Work commitments
- Submitting your appeal to the wrong place
- Not obtaining evidence on time
What should I do if I think I have sufficient cause and wish to submit a late appeal?
If you wish to submit a late appeal, you must also submit a written statement detailing the reasons for your late appeal together with your completed FSAC Appeal Form and supporting evidence.
Your written statement should be supported by evidence such as a GP letter, hospital admission report or psychiatric report. Any medical evidence must provide a medical opinion (e.g. diagnosis) and not simply record what you have reported to your health care professional. Any medical evidence must also provide a medical opinion on how your illness impacted on your ability to engage with the appeal process and to submit your appeal on time.
It is strongly recommended that you seek advice on preparing your appeal from SU Advice.
Late appeals, if accepted, will normally be considered during the next round of appeal hearings, i.e., if your appeal relates to the Semester 1 Assessment Period, it will normally be heard alongside appeals submitted in relation to the Semester 2 Assessment Period. FSAC deadlines can be found here.
Further information about the late appeals process can be found in section 1.7 of the Academic Appeals Regulations (Taught)
- I am graduating, can I still appeal?
Yes, submitting an appeal will not prohibit you from graduating; however, you must submit your appeal within ten working days of the formal publication of your final results.
If a change to your results is required following your appeal, your transcript will be amended.
If your degree classification changes after graduation, you will be issued with an amended parchment on return of your original parchment.
You are not able to submit an appeal after you have graduated from Queen’s University Belfast