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Academic Appeals

Approved 2020 process for students to take the decision of the Faculty RAC on review if they disagree with the outcome of their academic appeal.

The Faculties of Health Sciences, Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and Law will follow their current appeal procedures in 2020, which is similar to the new Policy on the Readmissions Appeals process. Therefore, these three faculties will be piloting the procedures as per the new Policy on the Readmissions process and its standard operating procedures for reviewing the RAC’s decisions regarding students who were excluded on academic grounds.

Kindly note an excerpt from the procedures as set out in paragraph 3.1 of the remit of the University Readmissions Review Tribunal, namely:

"Should the applicant believe that there are grounds for review after being informed of the RAC’s decision, either because the applicant believes that there was a material procedural irregularity or that the RAC did not have, or failed to consider material new evidence in support of the appeal, he/she may apply for a review of the RAC’s decision by the University Readmissions Review Tribunal."

The following steps should be followed by students in the above-mentioned faculties to successfully apply to the UFS Readmissions Review Tribunal for a review of the faculty’s decision concerning their appeal for academic readmission:

Step 1:

  1. Ensure that your submission is complete by including the following documentation:

a)            A motivation letter, setting out the grounds for the review.

                The letter should –

                1.            Provide a motivation for taking the RAC’s decision on review (form to be completed, provided by the faculty)

                2.            Include details of alleged procedural failure, and/or

                3.            Submit such material evidence that is new or is believed to be not given due consideration.

b)            The submission should also include:

                1.            RAC decision (the letter received by the student)

                2.            Academic record of the student.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to provide the required documentation, as set out in a) above.

Step 2:

  1. Email the documentation outlined in 1) above within five days after the RAC’s decision has been communicated to the student, to

Please note that incomplete submissions will not be tabled for consideration by the UFS Readmissions Review Tribunal.



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