If, having received the outcome email from the IEA Panel, you believe your IEAs are not appropriate then you have the right to appeal.
These are the grounds for the appeal process:
- The IEAs do not make sufficient adjustments according to the documentation describing your condition. If you are appealing a decision relating to a short-term application you must provide new evidence. If you are appealing a decision and you have an Inclusion Plan you may request an administrative check of the evidence held on your file by the Disability and Wellbeing Service. If the check confirms that the IEA decision was appropriate, you may be asked to provide new evidence before your appeal is concluded. If you have information that the Disability and Wellbeing Service has not previously seen, please attach this to your initial appeal; do not wait for the administrative check.
- There was a procedural defect in the Panel’s decision making process.
- Your condition has changed/there is an additional condition which you wish to have considered/added within an existing IEA.
To appeal you must complete the Appeal Against an IEA Panel Decision form. If you are basing your appeal on evidence then you must attach the evidence to the form, if this is new evidence you should also explain why this evidence was not submitted with the original application.
All appeals are considered by the IEA Appeal Panel. The Panel consists of the following members;
- Head of Student Services
- Head of Student Wellbeing Service
If any of these members are not available, or if they were involved in the original Panel decision, they will nominate a deputy.
The Appeal Panel will consider all of the information presented to it and decide whether the original decision was appropriate or if the IEAs should be changed. Please bear in mind that the Appeal Panel may decide to offer fewer adjustments than were offered initially.
When the Panel has made its decision it will contact you by email and explain the decision.
To maintain impartiality students must not contact members of the Appeal Panel directly unless responding to a Panel member’s enquiry.
The IEA Appeals Panel meets weekly during Lent Term and the Easter Vacation. During the exams season they meet daily.
The Appeals Panel aims to consider your application as quickly as possible but even if a decision is made before an exam you must remember that it may not be operationally possible to get the IEAs in place for that exam if the decision is close.
You should be aware that it can take some time to get IEAs in place so even if the Appeals Panel grants you IEAs following an IEA appeal application we may not be able to get them in place in time for your exam. Please therefore aim to submit your form as soon as possible, even if you have several days until your first exam. If your exam is the next day, please submit your form as early in the morning as possible of the day before your exam. We will do all we can to implement your IEA appeal, if approved, for the next working day, but it may not be operationally possible to do so. It is not likely to be operationally possible to action IEA appeals submitted after 11am for an exam the next working day.
If you have queries about the IEA appeal process please contact the SSC Exams Team in the first instance by submitting an enquiry.