Appeals Procedure - Research Thesis Examination

Document Number000570

A research candidate may lodge an appeal against the outcome of the examination of the thesis on the basis of process, but not against evaluations in the assessment of the examiners' reports nor against the decision of the Committee.

The thesis examination process is a confidential process, and this confidentiality must be maintained throughout any appeals process.

The appeal must be in writing, include a concise statement of the reasons for the appeal, and be lodged with the Manager, Office of Graduate Studies, The Chancellery, within 28 days of the date of the letter advising the outcome of the thesis examination.

The appeal will be referred to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), who will determine the course of action to be undertaken, taking into consideration the grounds for the appeal stated by the candidate. This may include a review of the examination process.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) will determine the appeal as either:

  1. the procedures for thesis examination were applied correctly, and the appeal is unsuccessful; or
  2. the procedures for thesis examination were not applied correctly, but the variation in procedures did not influence the outcome of the examination, and the appeal is unsuccessful; or
  3. the procedures for thesis examination selection were not applied correctly, and the variation in procedures did influence the outcome of the examination, and the appeal is successful. In this case, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) will determine further action to be taken, including confirmation of the result of the examination.

The outcome of the appeal will be determined within 28 days of the date the written appeal was received by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Approval AuthorityAcademic Senate
Policy SponsorDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Policy OwnerDean, Graduate Studies
Policy ContactExecutive Officer - Policy, Graduate Studies