Appealing decision to exclude

Appeals to the Exclusion Appeals Panel (EAP)

You can appeal against a decision to exclude you from your course if you submitted My Plan for Success and either or both of the following apply:

  • you believe there was a procedural irregularity
  • relevant information has become available that wasn’t previously and reasonably available to you before the exclusion was applied.

The appeal will be considered only if the procedural irregularity or new evidence had the potential to alter the decision of the Academic Progress Committee.

If you have been excluded but didn’t submit My Plan for Success, you don’t have the right to appeal, but may apply to the dean of the managing faculty for reconsideration.

How to appeal

To appeal:

  1. complete the appeal against exclusion form
  2. provide documentation such as certificates, statutory declarations, etc. to support your appeal
  3. submit the form and documentary evidence to the EAP executive officer within 20 working days of the date of the notice of decision to exclude.

If any of the relevant documents aren’t reasonably available when you submit your appeal, you must inform the EAP executive officer.

Application to the dean for reconsideration

You can apply to the dean for reconsideration of the notice of decision if:

  • you didn’t complete My Plan for Success by the due date
  • you didn’t appear before the Academic Progress Committee hearing, and
  • there were exceptional circumstances that were beyond your control that  resulted in you being unable to submit a response.

How to apply

To apply:

  1. complete the application to the dean form
  2. provide evidence of any exceptional circumstances that apply and prevented you from completing My Plan for Success
  3. submit the application to the dean, in writing, no later than 20 working days from the date of the faculty's Notice of Decision to Exclude.

Supporting documents

Make sure you provide one or more of these documents to support your application:

  • medical certificate, letter from a medical professional (even if your doctor has filled in your special consideration form)
  • letter from a social worker, lawyer, psychologist
  • death notice or certificate and evidence of relationship
  • police report
  • statutory declarations from students or relevant people
  • notification from:
    • defence services
    • Juries Commissioner's Office
    • emergency service organisations such as the Country Fire Authority
    • Monash Sport's elite athlete support program.

Help with preparing your appeal

When preparing your appeal against exclusion, you’re encouraged to seek help from a students rights officer (or equivalent at your campus), or other support services available at Monash.

Student rights officers

You can access independent advocacy, advice and assistance from student rights officers (SROs) or equivalent at your campus. Student rights officers can provide advice in relation to appeals against exclusion.

Outcomes

If the decision of the EAP or the dean is in your favour:

  • you’ll no longer be excluded, and
  • the dean will decide whether to refer you to a new Academic Progress Committee hearing.

If you’re required to attend a rehearing, you’ll receive a notice at least 10 days before the scheduled date.

Application forms

More information

For more information, see the Exclusion Appeals Panel Procedures.

You can also contact your faculty executive officer or EAP executive officer at academicprogress@monash.edu.

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