Appealing an Academic Misconduct Penalty
If you have received an outcome notification letter for an academic integrity incident with a decision about a penalty that you wish to have reviewed and it is your first academic misconduct penalty - see instructions beneath 'No Previous record' for requesting a Stage 2: Formal Review.
If you have received an outcome notification letter for an academic integrity incident with a decision about a penalty that you wish to appeal and it is not your first academic misconduct penalty - see instructions beneath 'Previous record' for submitting a Stage 3 Appeal.
If you have any questions about which step to pursue, please contact a Student Grievance and Conduct Advisor.
No previous record
If you do not have a previous record, you may lodge a written request for review of the decision (and or penalty) made by the School/Faculty Academic Integrity Review Committee.
This written request takes the form of a Stage 2: Formal Review and must be lodged with the Head of School or Executive Dean within 10 business days of the notification of the decision/penalty and include details of why you wish to request a review.
If you request a Stage 2: Formal Review, you can expect to receive notification of the Head of School or Executive Dean's decision within 10 business days of lodging your request.
See the Academic Integrity Policy for more information.
If you are seeking to appeal against a finding of academic misconduct made against you, and you have a previous record on the Central University Academic Dishonesty Register (2009 to 2020) or the 'central' Academic Integrity Register, you must proceed directly to a Stage 3: Internal University Appeal.
You will have 20 business days, from the date you receive an outcome letter, in which to lodge an appeal of the decision made by the School/Faculty Academic Integrity Review Committee.
You must complete the student appeal application form. Please right click and 'save as' a copy for completion.
Before submitting your appeal application form, you should also read the appeal submission guide to ensure your application is complete.
You are encouraged to seek free, independent and confidential advice on what options are available to you in your particular circumstances, by contacting an Education and Welfare Officer (EWO) in Student Care.
Lodging your appeal
If the Head of School rejects your request or you are still unsatisfied with the outcome, you may wish to lodge a Stage 3: Internal University Appeal. You will have 20 business days, from the date you receive a determination, in which to lodge an appeal.
To do this, you must complete this student appeal application form. Before submitting your appeal application form, you should also read the appeal submission guide to ensure your application is complete.
If your appeal application is assessed as having merit by Student Affairs it will be sent to the respondent (the Head of School or delegate). The respondent may request that the matter be dealt with by a pre-hearing review or a hearing of the Student Grievance and Appeals Committee.
Alternatively, Student Affairs may attempt to negotiate a settlement agreement between you and the respondent to achieve a satisfactory outcome for both parties.
If you are not happy with the outcome of your appeal, you are able to make a complaint to an external agency. You are also able to do this at any stage of the process. A number of external agencies may be able to assist, depending on your type of grievance.