Appealing as an undergraduate (UG) or postgraduate taught (PGT) student
Both undergraduate and postgraduate (taught) students may appeal against decisions made by their Faculty Assessment Board on matters such as module results and reassessment decisions. For more information, please refer to How can I submit a progression appeal at King's?
As stated within the Academic Regulations, students may appeal on either or both of the following grounds:
- Where there is evidence that assessment(s) may have been adversely affected by mitigating circumstances which the student was unable, or for valid reasons unwilling, to make known before the original decision was reached.
- Where there is clear evidence that assessment(s) may have been adversely affected by a significant administrative error on the part of the College or in the conduct of the assessment.
Important to know:
- You are expected to inform the university of any mitigating circumstances by submitting a Mitigating Circumstances Form ('MCF') as soon as possible either before an assessment, or within 7 days of it.
- If you submit an appeal which involves the retrospective disclosure of mitigating circumstances, this would need to demonstrate why an earlier disclosure was not made.
If you have submitted an MCF and it is rejected, you (both undergraduate and postgraduate taught students) may appeal against this decision once your results have been ratified, on either or both of the following grounds:
- There is new evidence that could not have been, or for good reason was not, made available at the time of the submission of the mitigating circumstances form, and that sufficient evidence remains that your mitigating circumstances warrant further consideration;
- That evidence can be produced of significant procedural error on the part of the university in the consideration of the mitigating circumstances, and that sufficient evidence remains that the original mitigating circumstances warrant further consideration.
Important to know: Appeals which are based on a challenge to the academic judgment of the examiners will not be considered.
What does the appeals process involve?
The appeals process involves two stages:
- Appeals concerning decisions of the Faculty Assessment Board (FAB). This is known as a ‘Stage 1’ appeal.
- Appeals made to Student Conduct & Appeals; this is known as a ‘Stage 2’ appeal.
Important to know:
- You will only need to submit a Stage 2 appeal if you are not satisfied with the outcome of your Stage 1 appeal.
- Appeals which are based on a challenge to the academic judgment of the examiners will not be considered.