This page lists the steps and inclusions for lodging an appeal against termination of enrolment in your program due to repeated fails of a course (or course rule) or due to exceeding the maximum time to complete your program.
You must lodge your appeal no later than the deadline advised in your letter of notification of TERMINATION OF PROGRAM.
If you have unsuccessfully completed the same course or course rule four times, and wish to appeal the University’s decision to terminate you from your program of study, you should complete and submit the Application to Appeal Against Termination of Program – Maximum Repeat Fails (PDF, 159 KB).
If you have exceeded the maximum time to complete, and wish to appeal the University’s decision to terminate you from your program of study, you should complete and submit the Application to Appeal Against Termination of Program – Exceeding Maximum Time to Complete (PDF, 161 KB).
Full instructions and assistance are on the forms.
Attach any relevant supporting documentation (all documentation must be original and in English - you must not submit photocopies).
Please be aware that if you provide falsified documents in support of your application, then this will result in one of a range of penalties. In some cases, the matter could also be reported to ICAC. As a student, you must be aware of your obligations and responsibilities under the Student Code.
- Lodge your appeal via email to [email protected]
IMPORTANT: As this is your one opportunity to appeal to the Committee for readmission to your program, it is very important that you provide all relevant information and supporting documentation at the time that you submit your appeal. You should contact our office if you are going to have difficulty gathering supporting documentation and information by the appeal deadline.
Please note, once the Committee have made a decision, there is no further opportunity for you to update your appeal or to have it reconsidered.
What Happens Next
The Re-Enrolment Appeal committee will consider your appeal in late June 2019.
If you elect to appear before the committee, you must be available at short notice by email or telephone. Please ensure that your contact details are clear in your appeal and that you also update your contact details online via myUNSW.
Notification of the outcome of your appeal will be sent to your current mailing address as registered on myUNSW.
If you are currently enrolled in Summer Term, you should continue studying.
Your supporting documentation must be from a specialist doctor, counsellor, Justice of the Peace, Minister of Religion, or independent third party and clearly outline:
- Date your circumstance(s) began or changed
- How your circumstance(s) were beyond your control
- How your circumstance(s) affected your ability to study
- Action(s) you have taken to overcome the circumstance(s)
Your supporting statement must address the reason(s) why your academic progression has not been satisfactory. These reasons may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Academic issues
- Medical problem(s)
- Employment related problem(s)
- Course related problem(s)
- Family/personal problem(s)
You must also advise what steps you have taken to overcome your problem(s). For detailed information, please see the relevant Application form.
Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about academic progression.
Is there any advantage in appearing before the Re-Enrolment Appeal Committee?
You have the right to appear before the Re-Enrolment Appeal Committee of the Academic Board, but the Committee will only consider information provided in your written appeal - it cannot consider 'new' information introduced at interview, so make your written appeal as comprehensive as possible. If you wish to appear before the Committee you must clearly indicate this in your appeal.
The Committee's decision is final. There is no further right of appeal within UNSW.
My program has been terminated – can I study a different program?
Yes, you can apply to study a new program under the usual admission procedures. Please note that you cannot apply for admission to the same award in which your enrolment was terminated. You can however apply for admission to another award and receive credit or an exemption for prior learning in accordance with the Recognition of Prior Learning (Coursework Programs) Procedure.
If I am currently enrolled in Summer Term, should I continue studying?
Yes, but please be aware that successful completion of the Summer course(s) will not be considered by the Re-Enrolment Appeal Committee and will have no bearing on the outcome of your appeal.
I am an international student visa holder – how does the termination of my program affect my student visa?
Standard 10.6 of the National Code requires that all international student visa holders who are not achieving satisfactory progress in their program of study be given 20 working days from the date of notification in which to access UNSW's complaints and appeals process.
Following the appeals process, an international student visa holder whose appeal has been unsuccessful will be reported to the Australian Government Office in accordance with Standard 10.6 of the National Code, for failure to achieve satisfactory progress in their program of study.
For further advice on how the termination of enrolment in your program may affect your international student visa, please email the ESOS Officer ([email protected]).
I intend to submit an appeal against my termination, however the outcome of my appeal will not be finalised by the deadline to enrol for the next term. What should I do?
As your appeal will not be finalised by the deadline to enrol for next term, you have two options:
- You can enrol in a maximum of two courses next term. If your appeal is not successful, you will not be permitted to continue with your enrolment next term and your enrolment in these two courses will be dropped without any penalty, i.e. they will not appear on your transcript and you will not be financially liable for the courses even if your appeal is not finalised until after the census date.
- Take program leave for next term. If your appeal is successful, you will be permitted to continue with your studies in the term following your program leave. If your appeal is unsuccessful, the period of Suspension will be confirmed.
I have also been Suspended/Excluded due to unsatisfactory Academic Standing. Do I need to submit separate appeals?
If you choose to appeal your Termination and Suspension/Exclusion, you are only required to lodge one appeal. You should complete the Application to Appeal Against Termination of Program – Maximum Repeat Fails form.
Your appeal should address the circumstances which prevented your from passing the same course/or course rule multiple times, as well as those which prevented you from maintaining satisfactory progress.
When will I be notified of the outcome of my appeal?
You will be notified of the outcome of your appeal two weeks after the appeal submission deadline stated in your Notification of Termination.