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Extenuating circumstances: Delay in appealing - PI011605

York St John University

A student at York St John University complained to us after the University refused her appeal against withdrawal for academic misconduct.

The student submitted her appeal outside the deadline. She was given an opportunity to explain the reasons for her late submission but failed to do so. When her appeal was found ineligible she made a further appeal to the Vice Chancellor under the regulations, in which she claimed that the delay had occurred while she sought medical evidence to support a claim for extenuating circumstances.

The University’s regulations clearly stated that reasons for late submission should be provided at the time that the appeal was submitted. The student had failed to do this. We considered that the University’s decision not to allow the appeal was reasonable.

We decided the complaint was Not Justified.