If your application for reduced study load is unsuccessful, we encourage you to seek advice from an independent person knowledgeable about the process and aware of potential outcomes. The Dean of Students, the ANU Student Association (ANUSA), and the Postgraduate And Research Students Association (PARSA) are available to provide you with advice. You can approach more than one of these bodies if you are unsure of the advice you have received. Depending on your circumstances, Counselling or Access and Inclusion may be able to provide you with some assistance as well.
If you remain dissatisfied with the decision made, you can lodge an appeal to be considered by the Associate Dean of the College where the decision was made. Your appeal should be in writing and contain the following information:
- What decision was made;
- Why this decision was not correct, with reference to the Awards Rules if appropriate; and
- Any evidence that you have.
If you submit an appeal that does not contain information relating to the three points above, this may significantly affect the chances of your appeal being successful.
Once you have written your appeal, you should submit it to the following email address for the College that manages the course.
Your appeal MUST be submitted within 20 working days from when you were advised of the decision. Appeals received after this time will not be accepted.
Your appeal will then be considered by the Associate Dean, who may discuss it with parties relevant to the appeal. The Associate Dean will not discuss your appeal with any other individual, and your appeal will not affect any aspect of your future study at the ANU.
Within 20 working days of receiving your appeal, the Associate Dean will let you know the result of their consideration and whether your appeal was successful or unsuccessful.
For most students this is the conclusion of the available appeals process.