SUBMITTING A STUDENT APPEAL

This page will guide you through the process for submitting an appeal.

Appeal submission processes and advice

Advocacy

The appeal process can be complex and stressful, and a student advocate will be able to confidentially discuss your situation, advise you on the likelihood of the success of any appeal, and can help you prepare the application itself. Therefore, getting advice from an independent person, who knows the appeal process and is aware of potential outcomes, is strongly advised.

By discussing your situation with someone, it will help you:

  • establish whether you have grounds for appeal
  • consider whether the appeal is reasonable
  • clarify the details of the decision you wish to appeal (including the procedures followed to date)
  • discuss and consider what outcome you would like to achieve and its reasonableness.

Where to get advice

  • A professional Student Advocate - The University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) provides an independent advocacy service, the Student Union Advocacy Service (SUAS), funded from revenue generated by the Student Services and Amenities Fee.
  • Other services are also available and can be found on the University's Student Services Finder

What you need for your appeal submission

If you submit an appeal, you will need to provide:

  • Your name, University email address (or personal email address if you are not a current student) and contact telephone (mobile) number. If you are a current student all correspondence will only be sent to your University allocated email address.
  • Your student number (or indicate if you are a prospective or former student)
  • An indication of whether or not you have received independent advice
  • The type of appeal you are submitting

You will be given the option of uploading your responses in a document or entering your responses into corresponding form fields.

  • The history of the decision and your attempts to resolve it
  • The original notice of the decision (email/letter) that you are appealing
  • Any documentation you are relying on to support your appeal.

You will be asked to upload any supporting documentation.

You must provide a copy of the decision you are appealing (the original email or letter that details the decision from the decision maker.

What happens after submission?

You may withdraw the appeal at any time during the appeal process by emailing acad-sec@unimelb.edu.au or through the Case Management Portal and asking for the appeal to be withdrawn. Once an appeal has been withdrawn it cannot be 'reactivated', however, it may be resubmitted as a new appeal if it is resubmitted within the 20 day time limit from the decision being appealed.

  1. Once your appeal is submitted, you will receive a case number in an automated email confirming receipt of your appeal.
  2. The appeal will be considered by the Academic Secretary to determine whether grounds for appeal have been established.
  3. Within 15 business days from the date of submission the Academic Secretary will notify you in writing of their decision to allow or disallow (dismiss without hearing) the appeal.
  4. If your appeal is allowed you will receive notification of the time, date and venue of the appeal hearing.
  5. If your appeal is heard, you will be invited to bring a support person or advocate with you to the hearing. That person cannot be a legal practitioner.
  6. If your appeal is heard, the Academic Secretary will provide a written outcome of your appeal within 5 business days of the hearing.

Privacy

Privacy Statement and Privacy Collection Notice

Begin the application

If you have read the information on this page and you are ready to submit your appeal, please select the link to the online form below. Once your appeal is submitted through the online form, you will receive an email confirmation of the receipt of the appeal, with your case number and a link to the case management portal where you can track your case.

SUBMIT APPEAL