What is an appeal?

You may submit an appeal if you want the University to review a decision or outcome that has directly impacted your studies. The tables below list the types of outcomes you can appeal. 

International students can appeal additional University decisions. Go to international student appeals for more information.    

How do I submit an appeal?

You need to complete and submit the correct form, with supporting documentation and evidence, by the stated deadline.

Please ensure you read and understand the instructions on the relevant appeal form. Different forms may have different instructions, including grounds of appeal and submission deadlines. 

What do you want to appeal? How to submit an appeal Deadline
Final course result  
To appeal the final grade you’ve been awarded for a course. 
Stage 1 – Request a review 

You must contact your course coordinator or program manager to request a review against one or more of the grounds in Assessment Processes 7.3. If this doesn't resolve the issue, you may appeal.

Stage 2 – Appeal

Complete and submit the Appeal against a final course assessment result form

Stage 1

Within 5 working days of the official result being published (recommended timeframe).

Stage 2

Within 20 working days of the official result being published.

A recognition of prior learning (RPL) or credit transfer outcome 

To appeal a denied RPL or a credit transfer outcome.

Stage 1 – Request a review
You must first request  a review from your school or college by replying to the outcome email. If this doesn't resolve your issue, you may appeal.
Stage 2 –Appeal
Complete and submit the Appeal against a recognition ot prior learning (RPL) and credit transfer form.  
Stage 1

Within 5 working days of the application outcome.

Stage 2

Within 20 working days of the initial application outcome.

An outcome of a College Appeals Committee (ColAC) application

To appeal* a decision made by the College Appeals Committee about: 

  • a final course assessment result
  • a recognition of prior learning or credit transfer outcome.

Complete and submit the Appeal against the outcome from a College Appeals Committee form

 

Within 10 working days of the appeal outcome.
A special consideration outcome

To appeal a denied outcome from your special consideration application.

Complete and submit the Appeal against a special consideration outcome form.

Within 10 working days of the denied outcome.
An equitable or alternative assessment arrangement outcome

To appeal a denied equitable or alternative assessment arrangement.

Complete and submit the Appeal against an equitable or alternative assessment arrangement outcome form.

Within 10 working days of the outcome.
Exclusion from your program due to unsatisfactory academic progress

To appeal your school’s decision to exclude you from your program due to unsatisfactory academic progress.

Complete and submit the Appeal against exclusion form. Within 20 working days of the notification to exclude.
A termination of a higher degree by research candidature

To appeal against the decision to terminate your HDR candidature.

Complete and submit the Appeal against termination of a higher degree by research (HDR) candidature form. Within 20 working days of the notification to terminate your candidature.
A thesis/project examination in a higher degree by research program outcome
For HDR students to appeal against a failed examination outcome*.
Complete and submit the Appeal against the outcome of a thesis/project examination form. Within 20 working days of the final course result being published.
Student misconduct decision
To appeal a student misconduct decision by a senior officer or the Student Conduct Board.
Complete and submit the Appeal against a student misconduct decision form. Within 20 working days of the outcome.
*You can only appeal where there's been a breach of University regulation, policy or process that had a significant impact on the outcome.

International student appeals

In addition to the above appeals, international students can appeal the University decisions listed in the table below.​

You must remain enrolled and attend all classes until you receive the outcome of your appeal. RMIT will notify you of the outcome via your student email​ account. 

What do you want to appeal? How do I submit an appeal? Deadline
Leave of Absence outcome

To appeal the outcome of your Leave of Absence application

Complete and submit the International Student Appeal Form. Within 20 working days of the notice of RMIT's decision.
Requests for release (to transfer education provider)

To appeal the outcome of your request for release application. You must meet the eligibility criteria. 

Complete and submit the International Student Appeal Form. Within 20 working days of the notice of RMIT's decision.
Attendance requirements

To appeal the intention to report you to the Department of Home Affairs for unsatisfactory attendance (VCE & Foundation students only)

Complete and submit the International Student Appeal Form.

Within 20 working days of the notice of RMIT's decision.

Changing study duration

To appeal the decision to not extend the duration of your studies (eCoE extension request)

Complete and submit the International Student Appeal Form. Within 20 working days of the notice of RMIT's decision.
Commencing student refunds

If you have not yet started studying at RMIT and want to appeal a refund outcome.

Complete the Commencing International Student Refund Appeal Form. Within 20 working days of the notice of RMIT's decision.

Contacts and help

The following resources are available to help you through the appeals process.

Appeal forms

Each form includes detailed information about the appeal and who to contact if you have any questions.

Student support services 

Find out about the support available, including counselling, financial and legal advice and support for people with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition. Find more about support services, or book an appointment with a Student Support Advisor.

RMIT Student Union (RUSU)

Contact RUSU for advice about and help with your appeal.