Students are encouraged to seek support whenever needed.
We aim to provide a learning environment and experience that is enjoyable, rewarding, and prepares our graduates (you) for the future. We do recognise however that despite our best intentions, situations may arise where an issue occurs with:
The teaching or assessment of a course
One of the services the University or a University partner provides
An ANU education agent
The actions or behaviour of another University member (staff or student)
If this situation arises for you, we want to know about it so we can work together in resolving it.
What you can expect of us
If you do raise an issue, the University will treat it professionally and we will:
Treat your matter confidentially and not discuss your appeal, complaint, or grievance with anyone who does not need to know about it
Not treat you differently, less favourably, or victimise you because you have lodged an appeal
Recognise that due to a number of factors you may require assistance in discussing or lodging your appeal
Ensure that you are kept informed of what is happening as we resolve your issue
What we expect of you
If you need to lodge an appeal, complaint, or grievance, you should ensure that you:
Have considered the situation carefully and genuinely believe that you have a legitimate concern that you need to raise
Remain polite and factual, and avoid unnecessary personal attacks on any other staff, students or members of the University community in your appeal documentation
Keep a record of any meetings or discussions that may be held as part of the appeals process
Follow any directions from the University
Provide us with your contact details so that we can reach you. Whilst the University accepts anonymous appeals, complaints, and grievances, these will typically not be acted upon as the goal of our processes is to resolve issues with you
Problems can be split into two broad groups:
Reviews & appeals
These directly impact on your course or program.
Grievances & complaints
These may not be directly related to your course or program, but impact upon your time at University.
Appeals and grievances normally contain the following steps:
Stage 1 - Informal Resolution
Stage 2 - Formal Review
Stage 3 - Formal Appeal
Stage 4 - External Review
Wherever possible, we will try to resolve your concerns at stage 1.
External Review of Our Decisions
You may refer a matter to an external agency, such as submitting a complaint to the Commonwealth Ombudsman or Court. External agencies generally expect complainants to exhaust internal University complaint and appeal processes before they look into the matter.
The Ombudsman is the most common external agency used. If you submit an external review with the Ombudsman they will not make a new decision, but will review how a decision has been made and may make recommendations on how a decision or process could be improved.
You can phone or write to:
The Commonwealth/ACT Ombudsman
Level 5, Childers Square
14 Childers Street
Canberra City ACT 2600
T: 1300 362 072
F: 02 6276 0123
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