The mitigations that the University has put in place to reduce the impact of the boycott are described on our FAQs page, and have been designed to ensure that students are not disadvantaged by the boycott.
If your work has been impacted by the boycott, you will either have:
- a derived mark - an overall mark and grade for the module(s) in question has been calculated from other work that you submitted on the affected module(s)
- an ungraded pass - You have been awarded the credits for this module, but the module will not be included when calculating your final degree average or classification.
- an Incomplete (IC) - The University has not been able to mark your work or derive a mark so there is no credit / marks for the module.
Can I make an academic appeal?
Appealing a derived mark or ungraded pass
We understand that you have worked hard on assignments and might feel you deserve your work to be fully marked by the original marker. Therefore, you may wish to make an appeal against your derived mark or ungraded pass. Information about how to do this can be found in the sections below.
Please read this information carefully before doing so.
If your appeal is successful
The University cannot guarantee that a piece of work will be marked by the original intended marker, (by a certain date, or ever) so you can choose to return your derived mark and request either:
- a ‘Disregard’ (meaning you take the module again at a later date, without paying) and have access to the full range of marks available. Unfortunately we cannot offer a resit because if your first submission was not marked by the original marker, it is unlikely that the resit will be instead.
- to have an IC (incomplete) - meaning there are no marks and you wait for the work to be marked.
What is the impact of a successful academic appeal?
Please note with either option, there may be consequences that impact you significantly, so on balance, you might feel that an academic appeal is not beneficial.
If you make an appeal and the Student Investigation and Resolution Team find it justified, your grade (whether it's an ungraded pass, or derived mark) will be removed from your programme and replaced with a DR (Disregard) or IC, as described below.
Therefore, you will not have a complete set of marks. This may mean:
- You will not have a complete degree, so will not have a degree certificate
- It may affect your progression if you are a continuing student
- There may be an impact on your student visa or graduate visa
If you opt to wait until the work is marked, or have a Disregard, you can change your mind at a later date. However, you may only change your mind about a disregard before retaking the module.
Either of these options may mean the above impact has still occurred.
Appealing an IC mark
Please note, while you could make an academic appeal against an IC, there is nothing further the University can do in terms of potential outcomes following an appeal, so there would be no benefit to you.
The University are going to continue to apply mitigations, so it may be that your work is marked without needing to make an appeal. Further communications will be sent to you over the next few weeks.
If your appeal is unsuccessful
If we do not find your academic appeal successful, your derived mark or ungraded pass will remain on your programme.
Where can I get advice?
We suggest you speak with your student support co-ordinator, Brookes Union Advice Service, or the International Student Advice Team (ISAT)
What is an Academic Appeal?
The Academic Appeals Procedure allows a student to appeal against a decision about a final grade or another outcome which has been formally agreed by an Examination Committee, if they can demonstrate one or more of the following grounds:
- there was an administrative error or procedural irregularity in the assessment process, which significantly impacted the assessment decision;
- the process of assessment was affected by bias;
- the student’s performance in the assessment was affected by relevant exceptional circumstances, which for valid reasons were not made known to the examination committee prior to their meeting.
To be eligible for consideration, academic appeals must be made within 2 months of the publication of the result or other Examination Committee decision that is being appealed about.
You cannot make an academic appeal for an assignment if the deadline is in the future. For this, you should use the Exceptional Circumstances process.
You are advised to read the Academic Appeals Procedure which explains the full process.