Student Appeals Committee

The Student Appeals Committee is a committeee of the University Council and is the final avenue of appeal within the University.

Terms of Reference

These Terms of Reference establish the responsibilities and membership of the Student Appeals Committee within the governance structure of the University of South Australia.

Purpose

The Student Appeals Committee is a committee of the University Council and is the final avenue of appeal within the University.

Functions

The functions of the Student Appeals Committee are to:

   1.  Consider and determine appeals from students in the following circumstances:

        a) the student is appealing a decision referred to in paragraph .2, and

        b) the appeal has not previously been heard by the Student Appeals Committee, and

        c) all other avenues of appeal within the University have been exhausted.

     2. The Student Appeals Committee will consider and determine appeals lodged in accordance with the
         University's academic and research higher degrees policies and procedures. In addition, it will consider and
         determine appeals relating to decisions of a Student Misconduct Committee established under Statute 7.

Membership

The membership of the Student Appeals Committee will consist of:

  • a community member of the University Council
  • an external community member appointed by Council, to chair the Committee, provided that if the external community member cannot attend a meeting, the community member of Council will chair the meeting.
  • three academic staff members of the University who are nominated and appointed by Academic Board. In the event that one or more of these members cannot attend, the Chair of Academic Board will nominate alternative academic staff. However, if the apellant is a higher research degree student, the academic members will be nominated by the relevant Executive Dean or by the Chair of Academic Board, from those staff who are listed on the University's Register of Current Higher Degree Research Supervisors
  • a member of the USASA Board or nominee.

A member of the Student Appeals Committee who has been involved in a student's previous appeals will recuse themselves from the hearing of the student's appeal by the Student Appeals Committee.

Quorum

The quorum will be one half of the membership of the Committee plus one further member and must include at least one member appointed by Council.

Meeting procedures

Council delegates to Academic Board the authority to approve the meeting procedures for the Student Appeals Committee.

Reporting

The Student Appeals Committee will report annually to Council on its activities, trends and any matters that are relevant to the teaching and learning, research and research training activities of the University and provide a copy of the report to Academic Board for noting.