Appeals

Submitting an appeal

Please note that the School operates a strict deadline for the submission of appeals. All appeals must be submitted by 5pm (17.00 GMT) on Friday 28 November at the latest (i.e. within ten working days of the release of your results on LSE for You). If you do not submit your appeal by the listed deadline and using the appeal submission form (below), it will not be considered.

If you believe you have valid grounds for appealing against the decision of the board of examiners, you should carefully read the Appeals Guidance| and the Appeals regulations|.

You should then follow the procedure described below.

Please note that independent advice about making an appeal and the process can be obtained from the LSE Students' Union Advice Centre|.

Important points to note:

  • Appeals must be submitted using the appeal submission form. It should be completed in full and submitted by email to ssc.appeals@lse.ac.uk  together with any relevant supporting information (such as a medical certificate/doctor's letter etc.).
    Failure to use the form will result in your appeal not being considered.
  • You must submit your appeal by 5pm (17.00 GMT) on Friday 28 November using the submission form.
  • It is not possible for anyone involved in the appeal process to discuss individual cases.
  • Please remember that the questioning of the academic judgement of the Sub-Board or School Board of Examiners, if it has acted in accordance with all relevant regulations and procedures, cannot form a basis of any appeal.

For all appeals submitted to ssc.appeals@lse.ac.uk| you will receive a formal acknowledgement in the form of an automated e-mail response which will confirm receipt of your appeal. You can normally expect to receive a decision about whether or not you have identified valid grounds to appeal within 10-20 working days of your submission being received.

Please note that this is a very busy time of year. Whilst the Assessment Regulations Team will try its best to conclude your appeal as quickly as possible, it may not be possible for your appeal to be fully concluded in time for the December graduation ceremonies (which take place 20 working days after the appeal submission deadline has closed).

The Appeal deadline is 5pm (17.00 GMT) on 28 November 2014

Grounds for Appeal

You can make an appeal on either or both of the following grounds (reasons):

  • (Paragraph 6.1 of the appeals regulations) that the examination board did not follow the correct procedure such that there is reasonable doubt that the decision would have been the same if board had followed the correct procedure;
  • (Paragraph 6.2) that there is new information about exceptional (mitigating) circumstances that affected the examination outcome. If you are appealing against a final degree classification for this reason you must also be able to meet the following conditions:

(a) that your mark profile is no more than three marks below the next higher classification in a single course; and/or

(b) that your mark profile is no more than five marks away from the next higher classification on aggregate.

  • (Paragraph 7) If appealing under paragraph 6.2, you must provide:

(Paragraph 7.1) evidence of why you did not report those circumstances at the time, as set out in the procedure for submitting exceptional (mitigating) circumstances; and

(Paragraph 7.2) evidence of the exceptional circumstances.

  • (Paragraph 8) You must provide all the necessary evidence at the time you make the appeal. You cannot provide material later without our agreement.
  • (Paragraph 9) All evidence must be in English, and you are responsible for getting any official translations if necessary.
  • (Paragraph 10) There are no other reasons for making an appeal. Specifically, you cannot appeal because you want to question the academic judgement of an examination board or individual examiners.

Please note that complaints about dissertation supervision and/or dissatisfaction with the teaching of a course cannot be considered under the School’s appeals regulations. These are properly matters to be considered under the School’s complaints procedure|.

If you have any questions regarding the appeals process, please email ssc.appeals@lse.ac.uk| and we will try to respond to your query as quickly as possible.

If following the completion of the School's internal procedures you remain dissatisfied with the outcome of your appeal, you may be eligible to appeal to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator|. This is the independent ombudsman of last resort for all universities in England.

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