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Progression appeal process
If you have been placed on conditional enrolment or excluded from study, you will be notified by email. You have the right to lodge an appeal as outlined in the email you receive. You do not need to appeal an 'at risk' notification as this is not a sanction, just a warning email.
How and when to appeal
You should lodge your appeal within 20 working days of receiving your progression email. Appeals must be based on grounds that your poor academic performance is explained by misadventure, accident or extenuating circumstances as defined in the Special Consideration under the Special Consideration policy.
Your appeal should clearly state the grounds for appeal and you must include supporting documentation (medical certificate, proof of financial hardship, proof of psychological trauma etc) as evidence for your appeal. You can email your appeal to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand your appeal in at any Student Central.
When will I receive advice on the outcome of my appeal?
The outcome of your appeal will normally be sent to your student email approximately six weeks after the appeal closing date. It is important to note that the determination of the Appeal Committee will be final. Appeal outcomes are normally notified to students no later than five working days before the beginning of a teaching session.
What support can the University offer me?
A range of free services are available to help with problems affecting your studies.
- Student Support Services can help with problems affecting your studies.
- There are a number of workshops, programs and online resources available.
- Contact the Counselling Services or Student Welfare Service if you are facing any issues that affect your studies.
- The Student Welfare Service can help you with the appeal process. More information is available on the Services and facilities page.
- If you are an International student, then you could also speak with an SEIS International Liaison Officer at any Student Central.
Can I still study while appealing exclusion?
If you have been excluded and are lodging an appeal, you may request to provisionally enrol in one or more units until your appeal is resolved. To do this, you will need to complete the Request for Provisional Enrolment (audit units while appealing exclusion) [89Kb PDF] (opens in a new window) form. You must get approval from the relevant Director of Academic Program by having them sign the form in the Director of Program column.
Submit the form to the following address:
Western Sydney University
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith NSW 2751
If your request is approved, the Enrolments Unit will arrange for you to be provisionally enrolled until your appeal is resolved. If your appeal is successful before the census date, your provisional units will be transferred to your course. If your appeal is unsuccessful, you will be discontinued from your provisional units and the terms of your exclusion from the University will apply.
Please note: if your appeal is not determined by the census date, your enrolment will be handled on a case by case basis. If it is approved after the census date you cannot add additional units in that session.
Where can I read the full Policy?
All information should be read in conjunction with the Progression and Unsatisfactory Academic Progress policy. The definitions of misadventure and extenuating circumstances as grounds for appeal are available in the Special Consideration policy.