Appealing a final result or other exam board decision

If you need to make an appeal against a decision by the assessment board, this should be made in accordance with the General Academic Regulations, as outlined in the AUT Calendar under Part 6 Academic Appeals.

The content on this page is a summary only. For a full description of guidelines and processes refer to the AUT Calendar:

Appeals against results

A student may appeal against the final result determined by the assessment board in respect of a paper if:

  • It can be shown that additional information has become available which was not available, and could not reasonably have been made available, to the assessment board at the time it made its original decision
  • There was a material irregularity in the conduct of the assessment, or in the assessment board or board of studies procedures.

Any appeal against a final result must be lodged with the relevant Faculty Dean (or nominee) within 14 days of the time at which the result of the assessment was made available to the student by filling in and submitting that faculty's Academic Appeal Form.

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Thesis appeals

Students may appeal against an assessment decision for a thesis, whether at the first examination or re-examination, and request a review of the examiners' recommendations. Any such appeal must be lodged with the University Postgraduate Board within 3 months of the date of notification of the result.

Requests for review are permitted if

  • It can be shown that additional information has become available which was not available, and could not reasonably have been made available, to the assessment board at the time it made its original decision
  • There was a material irregularity in the conduct of the assessment, or in the examination board or board of studies procedures

A student may also appeal against an assessment decision for a thesis, whether at the first examination or re-examination, and request a review of the examiners' recommendations.

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