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    This procedure allows a student to appeal against a decision of an Examination Committee (e.g. a coursework or examination assessment, withdrawal from a course or placement, etc) if it is believed an error has occurred under one of the grounds stated in this set of regulations:

    1. the assessment was not conducted in accordance with the regulations for the programme
    2. the judgement of an examiner(s) was affected by personal bias
    3. there was an administrative error or some other irregularity in the conduct of the  assessment causing the assessment decision to be significantly different

    If you think a particular Examination Committee decision is incorrect, you are strongly advised to consult the Brookes Union Advice Service who can help you decide what your options are and help you put forward your case. 

    It is worth noting that before a grade can be published: 

    • assessed work is marked then moderated under a Faculty Marking and Moderation Policy. These policies can be obtained from a Faculty.
    • all decisions (including marks awarded) are considered by the Examination Committees (EC). An EC is responsible for assessment of specified modules and for considering student progress on specified subjects. The external examiners are in attendance. 
  • If you think that there was a flaw in the assessment process, you should submit an Academic Appeal via the Complaints and Appeals Form (PDF). This can then be emailed to studentdisputes@brookes.ac.uk

    You should also refer to the University Regulations: C3 Academic Appeals (PDF).

    The request must be received within two months of the publication of the results.

    If you are submitting an appeal under the ground set out in paragraph 10(a), the assessment was not conducted in accordance with the regulations for the programme, you will have to identify the specific regulation you believe is relevant and show in what way you believe it was breached. 

    If you are requesting a review under the ground set out in paragraph 10(b) the judgement of an examiner(s) was affected by personal bias, you will have to provide some evidence to suggest that this was the case. 

    If you are requesting a review under the ground set out in paragraph 10(c), there was an administrative error or some other irregularity in the conduct of the  assessment causing the assessment decision to be significantly different, you will have to explain what the error/irregularity was, how it affected the outcome of the assessment and why you think the decision would be different if the errors were corrected. You will also need to provide some evidence to suggest that the error/irregularity occurred.

    The University does not "re-mark" work and you cannot request a review on the grounds that:

    • your performance was affected by mitigating circumstances (but see below)
    • you were poorly taught or advised (but see below)
    • you disagree with the judgement of the Examination Committee

     Oxford Brookes does not allow vexatious or frivolous complaints or appeals. This means submissions will not be accepted if they are deemed to be:

    • obsessive, harassing, or repetitive
    • abusive in tone or language
    • insistent on pursuing unrealistic or unreasonable outcomes
    • designed to cause disruption or annoyance
    • demanding disproportionate redress, which lacks any serious purpose or value

    For advice about writing your complaint or appeal, please speak to Brookes Union Advice Service.

    Examples of suitable submissions from students »

    If you think your performance was affected by mitigating circumstances, you can request that the University take this into account through the mitigating circumstances regulations. 

    Any mitigating circumstances requests submitted after the Examination Committee has made its decision will only be considered if you provide evidence of a valid reason for the late submission.  The form for submitting a mitigating circumstances request and relevant guidance are on your PIP page – if you are blocked from PIP, you can obtain copies by writing to:

    Student Central
    Oxford Brookes University
    JHBB, Headington Campus
    Gipsy Lane
    Oxford OX3 0BP
    Email: studentcentral@brookes.ac.uk

    A successful mitigating circumstances request will not result in your marks being increased – in almost every case it will, at best, result in an opportunity to be reassessed.  This may mean retaking the whole module again but you will not be charged for such a retake.

    If you accept that your work was poor but believe that this was due to poor teaching or guidance by a member of University staff, you can submit a formal complaint.

    The Student Complaints Procedure, the Complaints and Appeals Form and guidance on how to make a complaint can be found in the Student Complaints section of this website. Again, a successful complaint will not result in your marks being increased – in almost every case it will, at best, result in an opportunity to be reassessed. This may mean retaking the whole module again but you will not be charged for such a retake.