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Are you unhappy with a result of an exam or a piece of coursework or your degree classification? The Appeals Policy and Procedure can also be used to appeal other decisions, such as withdrawal through the Attendance Monitoring Policy, an outcome of a disciplinary process, or a decision made under the Health, Wellbeing and Support for Study Policy.

If so you might want to consider whether you have grounds for appeal. It’s worth starting by stating that you can’t appeal against ‘academic judgment’. So, if you achieved a mark of, say, 52%, but think your work was worth around 65%, that isn’t going to give you a ground of appeal.

The only grounds for appealing a decision reached through the application of a University policy, procedure or regulation are:

  • That there has been a material error or irregularity in the formal conduct of the assessment or in reaching an academic or other decision; or

  • That the performance of the student was adversely affected by extenuating circumstances which the candidate was unable or, for valid reasons, unwilling to divulge before the decision concerned was reached. Such a request must be supported by a full medical report or other documentary evidence, with a detailed explanation of why this information had not been divulged prior to the decision in question being reached.

Other factors that you should consider are:

  • Appeals should be submitted within 20 working days of you being notified of the decision that you want to challenge.

  • Appeals should be started using the University’s appeal form, which is available from the University’s website.

  • You are likely to improve your appeal by getting advice from an SU adviser.


Academic & Exam Misconduct


The University is concerned to not to allow academic dishonesty, whether this is by plagiarism, collusion with another, or cheating and expects all of students to behave in a manner which upholds the principles of academic integrity.

The University summarises its position as follows:

“Academic integrity is a fundamental value in higher education. No student should seek to gain an unfair advantage in assessment and the University expects students to be aware of what constitutes good academic practice.”

Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, collusion, commissioning and misrepresentation. The University’s procedure for dealing with academic misconduct has three potential stages: stage 1 for minor offences; stage 2 for major offences; and stage 3 for more serious cases. At all three stages the University will contact the student and provide details of the allegation made against them.

The University treats issues of alleged academic misconduct seriously. If the University informs you of an allegation of misconduct, you can get advice and support from the SU.

Students have a right of appeal against the decision of the Academic Misconduct Panel (Stage 2) or the Academic Disciplinary Committee (Stage 3) using the University’s appeals procedure.


Course Complaints


The University’s complaints procedure is available for students to raise concerns about their University experience - for example in relation to teaching, supervision or support services.

Complaints can be made by an individual student or by a group of students.

Complaints should be made within 8 weeks of the incident. The University’s procedure has 3 ‘steps’ and a strict timetable under which it should ‘play out’.

Before submitting a complaint or at any stage during a complaint that is already underway, you may want to discuss the issue with an SU President or Adviser.


Extenuating Circumstances


Valid extenuating circumstances can only be used to gain further time for assessments and, if appropriate, the removal of a capped mark. They cannot be used to gain additional marks.

An assessment board may consider certain extenuating circumstances in mitigation of:

  • Failure to submit work by the assessment submission deadline

  • Failure to attend for assessments or examinations

Examples of valid extenuating circumstances may include:

  • Illness at the time of the date for the submission of work or the examination

  • Bereavement

  • An acute episode of a chronic condition

  • Unusually severe mental or emotional stress at or immediately before the date for submission of work or the time of the examination

Claims for extenuating circumstances should be submitted within two weeks of the assessment deadline or exam. Claims should be submitted online using the designated form, which is available on your My Falmouth student portal.

Successful applications for extenuating circumstances will be applied at the module level and, where appropriate, a new assessment submission deadline will be set.

Extenuating circumstances procedure can be read here.

Students whose claims for extenuating circumstances are rejected have a right of appeal using the University’s appeals procedure.

If you want to discuss your claim for extenuating circumstances or an appeal, make an appointment to see an SU Advisor.

Health, Well-Being & Support to Study


This is a supportive policy which can be used when a student’s health, wellbeing and/or behaviour is having a detrimental impact on their ability to progress academically and/or to function effectively at university.


If you’ve been referred into the University’s Fitness to Study process and want help with navigating your way through it, make an to see an SU Adviser.



Intermitting involves interrupting your studies. For various reasons, sometimes a student may want to take time out from their studies. If you’re that student you should start by discussing the issue with your personal tutor or course leader. You should also consider the financial implications of interrupting – not least to ensure that when you return, you have sufficient funding to enable you to complete your course. You can discuss this with an SU Advisor. You could also read through the SU's checklist for interrupting student’s checklist (Intermitting Checklist).

If you decide to interrupt your studies, you should complete the relevant form – which you can get from the SU.




Similarly, for various reasons, sometimes a student may want to withdraw from their studies. Again, you should discuss this with your personal tutor or course leader – even if you’ve already made up your mind.

Withdrawing could have significant financial implications for the student involved – that’s why you should get advice before confirming your decision. You can get that advice from an SU adviser. Also, you can find out more by reading the SU's checklist for withdrawing students.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in these advice pages. However, it should not be regarded as a substitute for statutory regulations, or individual advice which is available from SU Advisers.