The Appeal Panel will comprise a Chair nominated by the Director of Education and Student Services, a Sabbatical Officer of the Students’ Union and two senior members of staff not previously involved in the complaint.
The Chair of the Appeal Panel will normally request your attendance at the Appeal Panel meeting. The FPVC/ Director who made the decision at Stage 2 and other relevant individuals may also be invited to attend this meeting. If the attendance of any witness is requested, you and any person against whom a complaint has been made will be so advised.
A copy of the papers will be circulated to yourself and all other attendees in advance of the Appeal Panel meeting. The Chair will advise Academic Affairs whether the attendance of any witness is required or whether any further information is required. Academic Affairs will make the appropriate arrangements or gather the necessary information, where possible.
If you are called to a meeting, following introductions and an explanation by the Chair of the powers of the Panel, you will be asked to present your appeal and to explain how you meet the ground(s) for appeal.
The FPVC/Director, who made the decision, (or in their place, the Investigating Officer), will then be asked to respond and to explain their decision.
The Panel may ask you and/or the FPVC/Director questions, and you will be afforded an opportunity to ask questions of each other, at the discretion of the Chair.
Witnesses may be called to give evidence to the Panel but will be present at the meeting only for as long as is necessary for them to do so. Witnesses may be questioned by the Panel members and, at the discretion of the Chair, examined, cross-examined and re-examined by you and/or the FPVC/Director.
You will be offered the opportunity to sum up. The FPVC/Director (or Investigating Officer) will then be offered the opportunity to sum up.
You and the FPVC/Director (or Investigating Officer) will enter and leave the meeting at the same time.
Once the Panel is satisfied that it has heard all the relevant evidence and all persons involved, except the Panel members and secretariat, have left the meeting, the Panel will deliberate and, if possible, reach a decision. If the Panel requires further information, you, the person against whom the complaint has been made and the FPVC/Director will be advised of the delay.
You will normally be advised of the Panel’s decision within eight working days of the decision being made. The FPVC/Director and anyone against whom a complaint has been made will be advised of the outcome of the appeal, although details of the decision may not be disclosed to them.
The Appeal Panel may:
- Dismiss the appeal; or
- Uphold the appeal in full or in part; and/or
- Make any such recommendation/s or proposed resolution as they deem fit.